Body, Femininity and Nationalism

Girls in the German Youth Movement 1900–1934

By Marion E.P. de Ras

© 2007 – Routledge

258 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415540964
pub: 2012-02-23
US Dollars$46.95
Hardback: 9780415182553
pub: 2007-09-14
US Dollars$150.00

About the Book

This social and cultural history of girls in the German youth movements in the pre-Nazi era brings fascinating new light to bear on the history of the German youth movements. It contributes to our wider understanding of girlhood in the period, and investigates how mentalities, collective identities and German nationalism developed in the three decades before the Nazi period.


"This welcome monograph sheds considerable light on the machinations of female youth organizations prior to the Nazi era… highly recommended." -- A.C. Stanley, Choice, July 2008

"…her [de Ras) study presents new and very valuabe insight into girls' participation in the youth movement and their construction of a 'girls' culture' in the first three decades of the twentieth century; furthermore, her project contributes to a better understanding of how young women's participation in the youth movement later influenced women's role in the construction of German nationalism under the National Socialists." -- Julie Koser, Focus on German Studies

De Ras's book provides a useful and important examination of the formation and shaping of gender in the German youth movement that will be of great interest to scholars and students of modern German History - Lisa Pine, London South Bank University, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction: Wanderlust, Femininity and Germanness 1. Mobility, Emancipation and Ideology 2. Gender and Sexuality, Engendering the German Nation 3. Gender and Body, Embodying the German Nation 4. Girls in the Alt Wandervogel (AWV), the EV leagues and the Deutsche Freischar 5. The Deutsche Mädchen Wanderbund (DMWB) 6. The Jung Wandervogel (JWV) and the Female Settlements Schwarzerden and Loheland 7. Girls in the Jungnationaler Bund (Junabu) 8. Conclusions: Wanderlust, Femininity and Germanness

About the Author

Dr. Marion E.P. de Ras is a Faculty member in the Education Department at the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam and an affiliated member of the Cornelia Goethe Center at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. She is also a freelance academic and writer. She can be reached at and at

About the Series

Routledge Research in Gender and Society

The social sciences continue to be transformed and enriched by analysis which takes gender, and the ways in which gender and society interact, to be of vital, defining importance. This series is new and broadly based, and will publish high-level contributions from across the disciplines.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General