Sweeping the German Nation

    Sweeping the German Nation

    Domesticity and National Identity in Germany, 1870-1945

    Nancy R Reagin

    Cambridge University Press 2007

    Hardback 261pp

    9780521841139   Product Code: 17797

    Is cleanliness next to Germanness? This lively, sophisticated study charts the promotion of the ideal of the 'Hausfrau' among the emerging bourgeoisie of imperial Germany, when domestic order was seen as vital to the stability of the newly unified nation. It goes on to show how notions of domesticity and gender roles were incorporated into social policy after 1918, and exported to conquered territories by the Nazis, adding a new dimension to our understanding of German nationalism.

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