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Gendering Post-1945 German History


Edited by Karen Hagemann, Donna Harsch, and Friederike Brühöfener

408 pages, 6 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-191-8 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (April 2019)

ISBN  978-1-80073-450-0 $39.95/£31.95 / Pb / Published (August 2022)

eISBN 978-1-78920-192-5 eBook

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“This volume achieves a tremendous feat in its breadth, though its forte lies in its diverse contexts, uses, and understandings of gender—including its co-constituency with race and sexuality… This collection offers a much-needed re-narrativization of a divided Germany that centers gender, race, and sex in the shaping of citizenry during postwar nation-making.” • Feminist German Studies

“The volume as a whole offers an impressive range and breadth of research and is both robust and accessible. The choice of the editors to invite younger scholars to contribute chapters is a further strength of the volume, the result being a clear willingness to question previous approaches and to open new avenues for research.” • German History

“[This volume] deals with a fascinating but largely by historical research neglected field…[it] convincingly does justice to its claim enrich traditional historiography and to treat contemporary history as gender history.” • Sehepunkte

“Applied to the Cold War, this volume shows in a striking way how ubiquitous and effective gender was as a regulatory category in all areas of political, cultural, and social life in the divided Germany. With its inspiring take, its analytically precise approach, and the various thematical focal points, the book offers a well structured and most interesting panorama of the time after 1945.” • H-Soz-Kult

“The novel contributions in this volume represent truly innovative research and impressive new findings well contextualized by theory. The editors have done a brilliant job of reviewing the histography across the areas of Germany, history, and gender.” • Myra Max Ferree, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gendering Post-1945 German History provides real analytical insights and excellent state-of-the-literature essays that otherwise would be inaccessible to most readers. The scholarship in this volume will be essential for specialists and students alike.” • Elizabeth Heineman, University of Iowa


Although “entanglement” has become a keyword in recent German history scholarship, entangled studies of the postwar era have largely limited their scope to politics and economics across the two Germanys while giving short shrift to social and cultural phenomena like gender. At the same time, historians of gender in Germany have tended to treat East and West Germany in isolation, with little attention paid to intersections and interrelationships between the two countries. This groundbreaking collection synthesizes the perspectives of entangled history and gender studies, bringing together established as well as upcoming scholars to investigate the ways in which East and West German gender relations were culturally, socially, and politically intertwined.

Karen Hagemann is the James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on Modern German and European history and gender history. Her most recent publications include Gender and the Long Postwar: The United States and the Two Germanys, 1945–1989 (ed. with Sonya Michel, 2014).

Donna Harsch is Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on the political and social historian of twentieth-century Germany. Her most recent publications include Revenge of the Domestic: Women, the Family, and Communism in the German Democratic Republic (2007).

Friederike Brühöfener is Assistant Professor in the History Department at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She is currently working on a comparative study on the development of military masculinities in East and West Germany.

Subject: History: 20th Century to PresentGender Studies and SexualitySociology
Area: Germany


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