A German women's movement: class and gender in Hanover, by Nancy R. Reagin

By Nancy R. Reagin

Nancy Reagin analyzes the rhetoric, ideas, and courses of greater than 80 bourgeois women's institutions in Hanover, a wide provincial capital, from the Imperial interval to the Nazi seizure of energy. She examines the social and demographic foundations of the Hanoverian women's stream, interweaving neighborhood historical past with advancements at the nationwide point. utilizing the German adventure as a case research, Reagin explores the hyperlinks among political conservatism and a feminist schedule in accordance with a trust in innate gender differences.Reagin's research contains a wide array of women's organizations—feminist, nationalist, spiritual, philanthropic, political, undefined. It specializes in the ways that bourgeois women's type heritage and political socialization, and their aid of the belief of 'spiritual motherhood,' mixed inside of an antidemocratic weather to supply a conservative, maternalist method of women's matters and different political issues. in keeping with Reagin, the truth that the women's circulation developed during this means is helping to give an explanation for why such a lot of middle-class ladies stumbled on nationwide Socialism beautiful.

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Hanover's position as a center for administration and commerce meant that the city had a broad middle class: civil servants, white-collar employees, professionals, businessmen, and the traditional Mittelstand groups, including merchants, artisans, well-to-do peasants, and shopkeepers. Collectively, these groups referred to themselves as the Bürgertum. "4 The Bürgertum of the nineteenth century cannot be defined simply by Page 13 any single criterion. It included a wide range of occupational groups.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Reagin, Nancy Ruth, 1960- A German women's movement: class and gender in Hanover, 1880- 1933 / Nancy R. Reagin. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. : alk. paper) 1. FeminismGermanyHannoverHistory19th century. 2. FeminismGermanyHannoverHistory20th century. 3. WomenGermanyHannoverHistory19th century. 4. WomenGermanyHannoverHistory20th century. I. Title. 42'0943dc20CIP 99 98 97 96 95 5 4 3 2 1 Page v FOR BILL Page vii Contents Acknowledgments xi Introduction 1 Chapter 1.

Page 11 CHAPTER 1 The Urban Backdrop The city of Hanover, which provided a fertile field of operations for a bourgeois women's movement, also presented features that influenced the course of this movement; these features would also impose some constraints on its development. Hanover was not "representative" of other cities in the German Empire, but then neither was any other city. Hanover was typical only in the sense that it shared a number of particular local characteristics with many other cities.

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