Society,Culture,and the State in Germany,1870-1930

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Society, Culture, and the State in Germany, 1870-1930 draws together important new work on the Kaiserreich--the period between Bismarck's unification of Germany and the First World War.

Work on the Kaiserreich built up impressive momentum during the 1970s and 1980s, when a series of inspiring but divisive controversies called into question the ways in which German historical development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries was mainly ...
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Society, Culture, and the State in Germany, 1870-1930 draws together important new work on the Kaiserreich--the period between Bismarck's unification of Germany and the First World War.

Work on the Kaiserreich built up impressive momentum during the 1970s and 1980s, when a series of inspiring but divisive controversies called into question the ways in which German historical development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries was mainly understood. These discussions focused on issues of continuity between Bismarck and Hitler and the peculiar strength of authoritarianism in German political culture, raising important questions about the deep origins of Nazism and about Germany's alleged differences from the West.

The collection purposefully brings certain issues and approaches into the foreground. These include the value of taking gender seriously as a priority of historical work; the emergence of social policy and welfare during the early twentieth century; religious belief and affiliation as a neglected dimension in modern German history; the tremendous importance of the First World War as a climacteric; and the exciting potentials of cultural studies and the new cultural history.

A varied group, the contributors embrace different kinds of history and certainly do not subscribe to a common line. Some essays suggest alternative periodizations and focus on the early twentieth century decades rather than the integral unity of the Kaiserreich as such. Together, they take stock of the field, critically synthesizing existing knowledge and laying down agendas for the future.

Geoff Eley is Professor of History, University of Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1: Is There a History of the Kaiserreich? 1
Introduction 2: Writing the History of Women and Gender in Imperial Germany 43
German History and the Contradictions of Modernity: The Bourgeoisie, the State, and the Mastery of Reform 67
Gender and the Politics of Class Formation: Rethinking German Labor History 105
Childhood Memories, Political Visions, and Working-Class Formation in Imperial Germany: Some Comparative Observations 143
Religion and Working-Class Formation in Imperial Germany, 1871-1914 163
Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Bismarckian Germany 189
Liberals, Conservatives, and the Modernizing State: The Kaiserreich in Regional Perspective 221
The Myth of an Autonomous State: Industrialists, Junkers, and Social Policy in Imperial Germany 257
The Ambiguities of Modernity: Welfare and the German State from Wilhelm to Hitler 319
World War I and the German Welfare State: Gender, Religion, and the Paradoxes of Modernity 345
"She Is the Victor": Bourgeois Women, Nationalist Identities, and the Ideal of the Independent Woman Farmer in German Southwest Africa 371
Reconsidering Habermas, Gender, and the Public Sphere: The Case of Wilhelmine Germany 397
Militarization and Reproduction in World War I Germany 427
The Creation of a Culture of Sachlichkeit 465
The Kaiserreich's Ruins: Hope, Memory, and Political Culture in Imperial Germany 487
Contributors 513
Index 515
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