What Difference Does a Husband Make?: Women and Marital Status in Nazi and Postwar Germany (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Mar 21, 1999 - Marital status - 374 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION WAR POLITICS AND MARITAL STATUS
1
HOUSEWIVES ACTIVISTS AND ASOCIALS CONTROLLING MARITAL STATUS UNDER NAZISM
17
WAR WIVES WORKERS AND RACE TRAITORS LOSING CONTROL DURING WAR
44
THE HOUR OF THE WOMEN SURVIVAL DURING DEFEAT AND OCCUPATION
75
MARRIAGE RUBBLE THE CRISIS IN THE FAMILY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE
108
RESTORING THE DIFFERENCE THE STATE AND MARITAL STATUS IN WEST GERMANY
137
NARROWING THE DIFFERENCE THE STATE AND MARITAL STATUS IN EAST GERMANY
176
WHATS THE DIFFERENCE? MARITAL STATUS AND EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE RECONSTRUCTION GERMANYS
209
WHOS MORE EMANCIPATED? FEMINISM MARITAL STATUS AND THE LEGACY OF WAR AND POLITICAL CHANGE
239
Statistics from Published Reports
247
The Darmstadt Study
252
Notes
259
Bibliography
323
Index
365
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Elizabeth D. Heineman is Associate Professor of History at the University of Iowa.

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