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From the Publisher"In this excellent social history of German identity, Reagin expertly uncovers the ways in which German women imagined and participated in the national community from the imperial through the National Socialist eras. A groundbreaking history of national identity from below.... Overall, Reagin makes a substantial contribution to a wide range of fields, including the history of nationalism, the social and cultural history of Germany during the age of total war, and gender studies."
-Jason Crouthamel, Department of History, Grand Valley State University, H-German
"Sweeping the German Nation is a deeply researched and carefully argued book that makes a very mportant contribution to the ongoing research on German national identity. It is to be hoped that its emphasis on the domestic sphere as an important facet of nationalism will attract broad attention."
-Bertram Troeger, H-Nationalism
"Reagin's scholarship is stunning, her findings chilling..."
Alison Owings, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"...the book's organization and style make it accessible to general readers and undergraduates as well as scholars....it is an inspired and compelling history of everyday life that connects the "private" space of women's domestic labor to the public political developments of Germany history."
--Kirsten Belgum, University of Texas at Austin, German Quarterly Book Reviews
"...Groundbreaking study....biblioraphy is excellent....good for its readbility and has appeal to scholars who pursue gender issues, the role of women in Germany, and the development of nationhood and also to anyone of German descent who actually experienced the extremes of German domesticity through interactions with grandparents, and parents in Germany....Nancy Reagin is to be lauded for creating an original scholarly book on a complex topic that also has widespread appeal to the lay reader with an interest in Germany or gender issues."
--Belinda Carstens-Wickham, Southern Illionois University, German Studies Review
"...Reagin's book provides a new perspective on the relationship between the public and the private in twentieth-century Germany." -Annette F. Timm, Journal of Modern History