The German Working Class 1888 - 1933: The Politics of Everyday Life, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The German Working Class 1888 - 1933

The Politics of Everyday Life, 1st Edition

Edited by Richard J. Evans


256 pages

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Hardback: 9780367235642
pub: 2019-07-16
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When it was originally published in 1982, this book presented pioneering new research into the everyday life of the German working class in the crucial decades between the accession of Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Nazi seizure of power. The authors document working-class attitudes to bourgeois convention, authority and the law in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic. The book includes studies of industrial sabotage, pilfering at work, working-class drinking habits, illegitimate motherhood and the violence of adolescent ‘cliques’ in pre-Hitlerian Berlin.


‘Eley is one of the most interesting, trenchant and controversial historians of Germany.’ Paul Kennedy

‘Eley is perhaps the most original and exciting historian working in the field of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German history…’ Richard J. Evans

Table of Contents

1.Introduction: The Sociological Interpretation of German Labour History Richard J. Evans 2. Working-Class Crime and the Labour Movement: Pilfering the Hamburg Docs, 1888-1923 Michael Grüttner 3. Drink and the Labour Movement: the Schnaps Boycott of 1909 James S. Roberts 4. Steel, Sabotage and Socialism: The Strike at the Dortmund ‘Union’ Steel Works in 1911 David F. Crew 5. Illegitimacy and the Working Class: Illegitimate Mothers in Brunswick, 1900-1933 Stefan Bajohr 6. Organising the ‘Lumpenproletariat’: Cliques and Communists in Berlin During the Weimar Republic Eve Rosenhaft 7. Identifying Militancy: The Assessment of Working Class Attitudes Towards State and Society Dick Geary

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German History

Originally published between 1929 and 1991 the volumes in this set:

  • Offer a comprehensive and challenging interpretation of the German past
  • Assess Bismarck’s contribution to the German Empire and his legacy for modern Germany
  • Examine the psyche of the Germans and discuss the psychological impact of the Second World War on the Germans
  • Review critically not only the rise and rule of National Socialism, but also the strength of authoritarianism and militarism and the weakness of democracy in 19th Century Germany
  • Examine the inter-relationships between social and economic change on the one hand, and political developments on the other.
  • Analyse the significance of the Zollverein on economic growth
  • Discuss authority and the law in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.
  • Analyse the contribution of German historians to 20th Century historiography
  • Chart key events in British – German trade rivalry
  • Include archival material from both the former East and West Germany.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany