West Germany Under Construction: Politics, Society, and Culture in the Adenauer Era

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University of Michigan Press, 1997 - History - 462 pages
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From the perspective of the 1990s, it is possible to see the road to the Bonn Republic and West Germany's "social market economy" as the "correct" postwar German path. But unified Germany continues to confront enormous problems of social inequality and widespread resistance to the acceptance of a truly multi-cultural society. By exploring how West Germans confronted--or failed to confront--similar problems in the early history of the Federal Republic, this collection makes a crucial contribution to understanding the present.
Moving beyond accounts of high politics and international relations, the essays brought together here focus on the intersections between the politics of daily life and the politics of the nation-state. Building on the approaches of women's history, social history, and cultural studies, they emphasize that the process of defining West Germany in the 1950s took place not only in the geopolitical arena of the Cold War but also in dance halls and at the movies, in worker-training programs, and in patterns of consumption.
West Germany under Construction not only expands our understanding of the early formation of West German society, it also outlines ways to continue the excavation of that past. It will be mandatory reading for students and scholars alike.
Robert G. Moeller is Professor of History, University of California, Irvine.
 

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Contents

The Rape of German Women by Occupation Soldiers
33
Relations between Native and Refugee Populations in a Rural District in Western Germany after the Second World War
53
German Reaction to Defeat and Occupation
73
Change and Continuity in the Treatment of German Kriegsopfer
93
Women and Social Policy in the Federal Republic 19491955
109
Controversial Policy Decisions and their Effects on Social Composition Gender Structure and the Role of Former Nazis
135
Occupiers Germans and Jews in Postwar Germany
199
The Attitude towards Jews in Bavaria after the Second World War
231
Integrating Young Labour in the Ruhr Mines 194558
287
German Film Control the Churches and the Reconstruction of Civil Society in the Early Bonn Republic
321
West German Case Studies in Gender and Consumer Culture
347
Rock n Roll Female Sexuality and the Cold War Battle over German Identities
373
West German Social History during the 1950s
413
Contributors
445
Index
447
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Sex Society and the Law in Postwar West Germany
251

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Robert G. Moeller is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. His previous books include "Protecting Motherhood: Women and the Family in the Politics of Postwar West Germany "(California, 1993).

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