This collection of essays examines the construction of gender norms in early modern and modern Germany.; The modes of reinforcement by the state, the church, the law and marriage, and the resistance to these norms by individuals, are central to each of the contributions.; It examines discourses of the body and sexuality and the relations between gender and power. Similarly, the usefulness of the "public/private paradigm" familiar to gender historians is further challenged.
Table of Contents
Contents -- Preface -- Notes on contributors -- 1 Introduction: gender and gender relations in German history /Lynn Abrams and Elizabeth Harvey -- 2 Gender norms and their enforcement in early modern Germany /Heide Wunder -- 3 The public body: policing abortion in early modern Germany /Ulinka Rublack -- 4 Religious dissent and the roots of German feminism /Dagmar Herzog -- 5 Companionship and conflict: the negotiation of marriage relations in the nineteenth century /Lynn Abrams -- 6 The sick warrior's sister: nursing during the First World War /Regina Schulte -- 7 Wise women, wise men and abortion in the Weimar Republic: gender, class and medicine /Cornelie Usborne -- 8 National Socialist policies towards female homosexuality /Claudia Schoppmann -- 9 Driving the message home: Nazi propaganda in the private sphere /Kate Lacey -- 10 Labours of consumption: gendered consumers in post-war East and West German reconstruction /Katherine Pence -- Bibliography -- Index.
Lynn Abrams is a lecturer in history at the University of Glasgow. Elizabeth Harvey is a lecturer in history at the University of Liverpool.