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Sex After Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany
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 ...more
Paperback, 361 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Princeton University Press
(first published January 1st 2005)
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Sep 05, 2007 Matthew rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Interesting people, historians
Herzog claims that “careful attention to the history of sexuality prompts us to reconsider how we periodize twentieth-century German history.” It does this by challenging assumptions about “key social and political transformations” and providing “new insights into a broad array of crucial phenomena.” It also provides “content [and:] force” to anti-Semitism before and during the Third Reich. It provides an understanding of the appeal of Nazism to conservative and liberal Germans. It helps explain ...more
I only managed to read 3/4 of the book because my friend had to take it back to Germany with him. The history of sexuality in the post-war years and how it was wielded as a political tool by fascists, conservatives, and even the left was highly interesting.
The book's analysis of culture within the German borders is diminished by the slightly embarrassing oversight of the nearly-precise parallels to simultaneous goings-on in the U.S. (Uta Poiger's subsequent work integrating the two sides is much more convincing).
Sep 26, 2011 Kate O'Hanlon rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Fascinating and well researched. Herzog traces changes sexual attitudes and practices in Germany from Weimar to the 90s, teasing out the various and contradictory ways in which memory, politics, religion and the specter of Nazism inform the oscillations between conservatism and liberalization.