What Difference Does a Husband Make?: Women and Marital Status in Nazi and Postwar Germany (Google eBook)
In October 1946, seven million more women than men lived in occupied Germany. In this study of unwed, divorced, widowed, and married women at work and at home across three political regimes, Elizabeth Heineman traces the transitions from early National Socialism through the war and on to the consolidation of democracy in the West and communism in the East. Based on thorough and extensive research in German national and regional archives as well as the archives of the U.S. occupying forces, this pathbreaking book argues that marital status can define women's position and experience as surely as race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. Heineman finds that, while the war made the experience of single women a dramatic one, state activity was equally important. As a result, West German women continued to be defined in large part by their marital status. In contrast, by the time of reunification marital status had become far less significant in the lives of East German women. In one broad, comprehensive sweep, Elizabeth Heineman compares prewar and postwar, East and West, lived experience and public policy. Her sharp analytical insights will enrich our understanding of the history of women in modern Germany and the role of marital status in twentieth-century life worldwide.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
HOUSEWIVES ACTIVISTS AND ASOCIALS CONTROLLING MARITAL STATUS UNDER NAZISM
WAR WIVES WORKERS AND RACE TRAITORS LOSING CONTROL DURING WAR
THE HOUR OF THE WOMEN SURVIVAL DURING DEFEAT AND OCCUPATION
MARRIAGE RUBBLE THE CRISIS IN THE FAMILY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE
RESTORING THE DIFFERENCE THE STATE AND MARITAL STATUS IN WEST GERMANY
NARROWING THE DIFFERENCE THE STATE AND MARITAL STATUS IN EAST GERMANY
WHATS THE DIFFERENCE? MARITAL STATUS AND EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE RECONSTRUCTION GERMANYS
alimony April Arbeit asocial Berlin bourgeois Bundestag childcare Communists Constanze Darmstadt denazification Deutsche deutschen Deutschland discussion divorce draft DVopF East economic employed employment Entwurf equal rights Familien Familienpolitik fathers FDGB female feminists fiir folios Frau von heute Frauen im Kriegsdienst Frauenarbeit German women Germany's Gesetz households housewives husbands iiber illegitimacy January June labor force large number Liebe sprach damals lives male marital status marriage married women men's Meyer and Schulze military motherhood Mutter Nazi Germany Nazism Nevertheless nonmarital children November occupation October official Parlamentarischer Rat party pensions percent political population postwar prisoners prisoners of war racial RADwJ Reich relationship reprinted role SAPM-DDR-BA September sexual sexual equality significance of marital single mothers single women Sitzung Soviet zone subtenancy tion unmarried unwed mothers victims wartime West German western zones widows wives woman women standing workers workplace