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By Nancy R. Reagin

Nancy Reagin analyzes the rhetoric, techniques, 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 strength. She examines the social and demographic foundations of the Hanoverian women's move, interweaving neighborhood historical past with advancements at the nationwide point. utilizing the German event as a case learn, Reagin explores the hyperlinks among political conservatism and a feminist schedule in response to a trust in innate gender differences.Reagin's research features a big range of women's organizations—feminist, nationalist, non secular, philanthropic, political, undefined. It makes a speciality of the ways that bourgeois women's category historical past and political socialization, and their help of the assumption of 'spiritual motherhood,' mixed inside of an antidemocratic weather to supply a conservative, maternalist method of women's matters and different political concerns. in line with Reagin, the truth that the women's move advanced during this manner is helping to give an explanation for why such a lot of middle-class ladies discovered nationwide Socialism beautiful.

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In practice, however, the movement's goals and work were simultaneously charitable and political, although seldom in an overtly partisan political fashion before 1914. Instead, the movement pursued the politics of class, promoting bourgeois values. In a broader sense, the women's movement was promoting bourgeois cultural hegemony by seeking to inculcate working-class women and girls with bourgeois standards and styles of housekeeping and child-rearing. The movement in effect prescribed a style of family life modeled on bourgeois norms as the cure for supposed social degeneration.

My deepest debt, however, is to my husband, Bill; he gave me the assistance, companionship, and affection and provided the bulk of the child care necessary to finish this work. This book is for him. Page 1 Introduction The entire strength of the women's movement derives from the conviction that the woman, different from the man anatomically down to her teeth, is just as different in her psyche, and that she can therefore bring other characteristics. . to the task of developing human culture. Helene Lange The conviction that the two sexes were divided by innate and far-reaching differences was widespread among all the women's movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The first category consisted of cities that "sprang out of the ground," small towns or villages hosting industries that grew explosively. These cities had skewed class and occupational distributions: Page 12 essentially, they were enormous settlements of industrial workers. The second category included cities that were regional centers for commerce, administration, and transport. They attracted industrial development, but the industrial sector was usually diversified; this type of city grew more slowly than the first category of cities, but at a steady pace.

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