Gendering Modern German History

Gendering Modern German History

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Gendering Modern German History

Writing on the history of German women has - like women's history elsewhere - undergone remarkable expansion and change since it began in the late 1960s. Today Women's history still continues to flourish alongside gender history but the focus of research has increasingly shifted from women to gender. This shift has made it possible to make men and masculinity objects of historical research too. After more than thirty years of research, it is time for a critical stocktaking of the "gendering" of the historiography on nineteenth and twentieth century Germany. To provide a critical overview in a comparative German-American perspective is the main aim of this volume, which brings together leading experts from both sides of the Atlantic. They discuss in their essays the state of historiography and reflect on problems of theory and methodology. Through compelling case studies, focusing on the nation and nationalism, military and war, colonialism, politics and protest, class and citizenship, religion, Jewish and non-Jewish Germans, the Holocaust, the body and sexuality and the family, this volume demonstrates the extraordinary power of the gender perspective to challenge existing interpretations and rewrite mainstream arguments.

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ISBN-13: 9781845454425
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Karen Hagemann is the James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at the Department of History of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and teaches Modern German and European History and Gender History. She also held prestigious fellowships/visiting professorships in Uppsala, Princeton, Toronto and Trier. Her main fields of publication are the history of welfare states, labor culture and women's movements, as well as the history of the nation, the military, and war.

Jean H. Quataert is Professor of German History and Women's Studies at Binghamton University, SUNY. She teaches human rights history and global women's history on the undergraduate level and, for graduate students, specialized courses in German history in the context of Germany's place in Europe and the globalizing world.

Table of Contents


Karen Hagemann and Jean H. Quataert

Chapter 1. Gendering Modern German History: Comparing Historiographies and Academic Cultures in Germany and the United States through the Lens of Gender

Karen Hagemann and Jean H. Quataert

Chapter 2. The Challenge of Gender: National Historiography, Nationalism, and National Identities

Angelika Schaser

Chapter 3. Military, War, and the Mainstreams: Gendering Modern German Military History

Karen Hagemann

Chapter 4. Blind Spots: Empire, Colonies, and Ethnic Identities in Modern German History

Birthe Kundrus

Chapter 5. The Personal Is Political: Gender, Politics, and Political Activism in Modern German History

Belinda Davis

Chapter 6. The Order of Terms: Class, Citizenship, and Welfare State in German Gender History

Kathleen Canning

Chapter 7. A Tributary and a Mainstream: Gender, Public Memory, and Historiography of Nazi Germany

Claudia A. Koonz

Chapter 8. Jews, Women, and Germans: Jewish and German Historiographies in a Transatlantic Perspective

Benjamin Maria Baader

Chapter 9. Religion and Gender in Modern German History: A Historiographical Perspective

Ann Taylor Allen

Chapter 10. Continuities and Ruptures: Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Germany: Historiography and its Discontents

Atina Grossmann

Chapter 11. The Elephant in the Living Room: Or Why the History of Twentieth-Century Germany Should Be a Family Affair

Robert G. Moeller

Selected Bibliography

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