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Sex, Freedom, and Power in Imperial Germany, 1880-1914 by Edward Ross (University of California, Davis) Dickinson

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



Sex, Freedom, and Power in Imperial Germany, 1880-1914 by Edward Ross (University of California, Davis) Dickinson

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.


'This volume provides a seamless account of primary voices grappling with sexuality and sexual reform in the Kaiserreich ... Dickinson has provided a comprehensive, convincing, and beautifully written account of a most compelling and untidy debate.'
Catherine L. Dollard, The American Historical Review

'As a whole, this book makes a very valuable contribution not only to the history of sexuality and sex reform but also to the larger exploration of how public debates about individual morality and private reproductive and sexual decisions both drew from and informed discussions about the relationship between the individual and the state in Imperial Germany.'
Annette F. Timm, Journal of Modern History

About the Author

Edward Ross Dickinson is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. He previously taught at Victoria University of Wellington from 1991 to 2000, and at the University of Cincinnati from 2002 to 2007. He is author of The Politics of German Child Welfare from the Empire to the Federal Republic (1996) and numerous articles in Central European History, the German Studies Review, European History Quarterly, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, Gender and History, History Workshop, the Journal of Modern History, German History and the Dance Chronicle.

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Publication date

28th April 2016


Edward Ross (University of California, Davis) Dickinson

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Cambridge University Press


354 pages


Social & cultural history
European history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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