German Professions, 1800-1950

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The role of the middle class in national development has always been of interest to historians concerned with the "peculiarities" of German history. Recently, the professional sector of the German middle class has come under historical scrutiny as part of a re-examination of those features of German society common to Western industrializing nations. This work provides comprehensive coverage of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany from the point of view of this new field. The contributors discuss the ...

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Overview

The role of the middle class in national development has always been of interest to historians concerned with the "peculiarities" of German history. Recently, the professional sector of the German middle class has come under historical scrutiny as part of a re-examination of those features of German society common to Western industrializing nations. This work provides comprehensive coverage of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany from the point of view of this new field. The contributors discuss the formation and development of such diverse professions as law, medicine, teaching, engineering, social work, and psychology, as well as the special cases of the bureaucracy and the military. They examine such questions as the role of the state in the creation and regulation of professions, the social and political role of various professional groups during the turbulent Weimar and Nazi periods, and the remarkable and troubling institutional continuity of certain professions through the Third Reich and into the postwar republics.

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"[An] excellent anthology....The volume makes an important contribution to the history and sociology of the professions, especially in its efforts to refine and to revise the theories of Larson."—Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Essential reading for sociologists doing research on modern German society, as well as for students of the professions, especially those using a comparative and historical approach."—Contemporary Sociology

"[A] superb collection."—Choice

"Makes a major contribution to the increasingly popular field of professionalisation history."—Business History

"Cocks and Jarausch have brought together some of the very best new scholarship on German professions."—Central European History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195055962
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Pages: 352
  • Lexile: 1680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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Albion College

University of North Carolina

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Table of Contents

Contributors ix
Introduction 3
The German Professions in History and Theory 9
I The Nineteenth Century
Specialists Against Specialization: Hellenism as Professional Ideology in German Classical Studies 27
Public Office or Free Profession? German Attorneys in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries 46
The Making of the Modern Medical Profession, 1800-1914: Prussian Doctors in the Nineteenth Century 66
Volksschullehrerinnen: Bavarian Women Defining Themselves Through Their Profession 85
Engineers in Wilhelmian Germany: Professionalization, Deprofessionalization, and the Development of Nonacademic Technical Education 104
Academic, Proletarian, ...Professional? Shaping Professionalization for German Industrial Chemists, 1887-1920 123
A Struggle for Existence: The Professionalization of German Architects 143
II The Twentieth Century
Profession as Vocation: The German Civil Service 163
The Past as Future: The German Officer Corps as Profession 183
The Professionalization of Applied Economics: German Counterparts to Business Administration 213
Femininity as a Vocation: Gender and Class Conflict in the Professionalization of German Social Work 232
Conflict Within the Legal Profession: Simultaneous Admission and the German Bar, 1903-1927 252
Women and the Professions in Germany, 1900-1945 270
Psychology in Twentieth-Century Germany: Science and Profession 289
The Professionalization of Psychotherapy in Germany, 1928-1949 308
Index 329
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