Sex, Freedom, and Power in Imperial Germany, 1880–1914

Sex, Freedom, and Power in Imperial Germany, 1880–1914

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Edward Ross Dickinson
Cambridge University Press, 2/17/2014
EAN 9781107040717, ISBN10: 110704071X

Hardcover, 350 pages, 23.4 x 15.7 x 2.4 cm
Language: English

This is a study of the intense, complex, and escalating debate over sexuality and sexual morality that roiled politics in Germany between 1880 and 1914. That debate was grounded in the rapid evolution and growing complexity of German society - the multiplication of cultural groupings, professional associations, and social movements; the emergence of new social groups, social milieus, and professions; the rapid development of the media and commercial entertainments; and so on. All parties involved understood it to be a debate over the most fundamental question of modern political life: how to secure both national power and individual freedom in the context of rapid social and cultural change.

sex, politics, and modernity I
Part I. Moral Reform, 1880–1900
1. Christian men and morality
2. 'A spirit of insubordination'
popular culture, modernism, and morality
3. The politics of morality, class, and gender
4. Religion, women, and morality
5. Isolation and impact
Part II. Sexual Radicalism, 1900–14
6. Social democratic sexual ethics
7. Homosexual rights
8. Syphilis and salvation
9. Sex reform
10. Religion of love
Part III. Conflict, 1908–14
11. Men, sex, and science
12. Confrontations, 1908–14
13. Conclusion
sex, politics, and modernity II.