Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany

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Princeton University Press, 22 ene. 2007 - 368 páginas
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What is the relationship between sexual and other kinds of politics? Few societies have posed this puzzle as urgently, or as disturbingly, as Nazi Germany. What exactly were Nazism's sexual politics? Were they repressive for everyone, or were some individuals and groups given sexual license while others were persecuted, tormented, and killed? How do we make sense of the evolution of postwar interpretations of Nazism's sexual politics? What do we make of the fact that scholars from the 1960s to the present have routinely asserted that the Third Reich was "sex-hostile"?


In response to these and other questions, Sex after Fascism fundamentally reconceives central topics in twentieth-century German history. Among other things, it changes the way we understand the immense popular appeal of the Nazi regime and the nature of antisemitism, the role of Christianity in the consolidation of postfascist conservatism in the West, the countercultural rebellions of the 1960s-1970s, as well as the negotiations between government and citizenry under East German communism. Beginning with a new interpretation of the Third Reich's sexual politics and ending with the revisions of Germany's past facilitated by communism's collapse, Sex after Fascism examines the intimately intertwined histories of capitalism and communism, pleasure and state policies, religious renewal and secularizing trends.


A history of sexual attitudes and practices in twentieth-century Germany, investigating such issues as contraception, pornography, and theories of sexual orientation, Sex after Fascism also demonstrates how Germans made sexuality a key site for managing the memory and legacies of Nazism and the Holocaust.

 

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In this history of the sexual laws, beliefs and practices before, during and after the Nazi regime, Herzog, an associate professor at Michigan State University, proves yet again that the personal is ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

Introduction
1
Sex and the Third Reich
10
The Fragility of Heterosexuality
64
Desperately Seeking Normality
101
The Morality of Pleasure
141
The Romance of Socialism
184
Antifascist Bodies
220
Conclusion
259
Notes
267
Acknowledgments
349
Index
353
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Dagmar Herzog is Professor of History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Intimacy and Exclusion: Religious Politics in Pre-Revolutionary Baden (Princeton).

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