Gender Relations in German History: Power, Agency, and Experience from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century

Gender Relations in German History: Power, Agency, and Experience from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century

by Lynn Abrams, Elizabeth Harvey
     
 


This collection of essays by scholars from England, Germany, and the United States brings together important and innovative work on gender relations in German history from the early modern period to the 1950s. Offering fresh insights and challenging interpretations, the essays demonstrate how the norms of political, social, and sexual behavior for both sexes are… See more details below

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This collection of essays by scholars from England, Germany, and the United States brings together important and innovative work on gender relations in German history from the early modern period to the 1950s. Offering fresh insights and challenging interpretations, the essays demonstrate how the norms of political, social, and sexual behavior for both sexes are the objects of regulation and control, and are matters of conflict, debate, and negotiation. A substantial introduction reviews the historiography relating the major themes of the collection.
Topics include childbirth, abortion, and the female body in early modern Germany; the roots of German feminism; gender, class, and medicine during World War I and during the Weimar republic; female homosexuality during the Nazi period; East and West German reconstruction following World War II and the formation of a gendered consumer culture.
This book will stimulate readers to think more deeply about the importance of gender in German history, and prove to be an invaluable resource for those interested in women’s studies and in German and European history.

Contributors. Lynn Abrams, Elizabeth Harvey, Dagmar Herzog, Kate Lacey, Katherine Pence, Ulinka Rublack, Claudia Schoppman, Regina Schulte, Cornelie Usborne, Heide Wunder

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822318965
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Abrams is a lecturer in history at the University of Glasgow. Elizabeth Harvey is a lecturer in history at the University of Liverpool.

Table of Contents

Preface
Notes on contributors
1Introduction: gender and gender relations in German history1
2Gender norms and their enforcement in early modern Germany39
3The public body: policing abortion in early modern Germany57
4Religious dissent and the roots of German feminism81
5Companionship and conflict: the negotiation of marriage relations in the nineteenth century101
6The sick warrior's sister: nursing during the First World War121
7Wise women, wise men and abortion in the Weimar Republic: gender, class and medicine143
8National Socialist policies towards female homosexuality177
9Driving the message home: Nazi propaganda in the private sphere189
10Labours of consumption: gendered consumers in post-war East and West German reconstruction211
Bibliography239
Index257

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