Sweeping the German Nation: Domesticity and National Identity in Germany, 1870-1945
  • Sweeping the German Nation: Domesticity and National Identity in Germany, 1870-1945
  • Sweeping the German Nation: Domesticity and National Identity in Germany, 1870-1945

Sweeping the German Nation: Domesticity and National Identity in Germany, 1870-1945

by Nancy R. Reagin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521841135

ISBN-13: 9780521841139

Pub. Date: 09/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Is cleanliness next to Germanness, as some 19th century nationalists insisted? This book explores the relationship between gender roles, domesticity, and German national identity between 1870-1945. After German unification, approaches to household management that had originally emerged among the bourgeoisie became central to German national identity by 1914. Thrift,…  See more details below

Overview

Is cleanliness next to Germanness, as some 19th century nationalists insisted? This book explores the relationship between gender roles, domesticity, and German national identity between 1870-1945. After German unification, approaches to household management that had originally emerged among the bourgeoisie became central to German national identity by 1914. Thrift, order, and extreme cleanliness, along with particular domestic markers (such as the linen cabinet) and holiday customs, were used by many Germans to define the distinctions between themselves and neighboring cultures. What was bourgeois at home became German abroad, as “German domesticity” also helped to define and underwrite colonial identities in Southwest Africa and elsewhere. After 1933, this idealized notion of domestic Germanness was racialized and incorporated into an array of Nazi social politics. In occupied Eastern Europe during WWII Nazi women’s groups used these approaches to household management in their attempts to “Germanize” Eastern European women who were part of a large-scale project of population resettlement and ethnic cleansing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521841139
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2006
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. The habitus of domesticity; 2. Domesticity and German national character; 3. The politicization of housework; 4. Domesticity and Volksgemeinschaft; 5. Ersatz, whole grain, or homemade: Autarkic households and the four year plan; 6. Domesticity and 'Germanization' in occupied Poland.

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