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Cities, sin, and social reform in imperial Germany

Author: Andrew Lees
Publisher: Ann Arbor, Mich. : The University of Michigan Press, ©2002.
Series: Social history, popular culture, and politics in Germany.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Cities, Sin, and Social Reform in Imperial Germany breaks new ground in the history of social thought and action in Germany from 1870 to 1914. Examining a variety of attitudes and programs, the book emphasizes socially liberal efforts to counteract perceived problems in the area of moral behavior through progressive reforms. It thus points the reader toward connections and parallels between Germany and other parts
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Genre/Form: History
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Lees, Andrew, 1940-
Cities, sin, and social reform in imperial Germany.
Ann Arbor, Mich. : The University of Michigan Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)606910967
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Lees
ISBN: 0472112589 9780472112586
OCLC Number: 48390983
Description: xii, 432 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. The Big City Perceived. 1. Antiurbanism and Urban Reformism. 2. Civic Pride and the Urban Ethos --
pt. 2. Deviancy Perceived. 3. Attacks against "Immorality" 4. From Moralizing to the Milieu in Thinking about Crime --
pt. 3. Urban Reformers and Their Visions of Virtue. 5. Viktor Bohmert, a "Workers' Friend" 6. Johannes Tews, Schooling, and Adult Education. 7. Walther Classen, Settlements, and Youth Work. 8. Alice Salomon, Women, and Social Work --
pt. 4. Collective Pressures and Programs. 9. Centers for Workers' Welfare and the People's Welfare. 10. The Record of Governmental Intervention.
Series Title: Social history, popular culture, and politics in Germany.
Responsibility: Andrew Lees.
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"Cities, Sin, and Social Reform in Imperial Germany breaks new ground in the history of social thought and action in Germany from 1870 to 1914. Examining a variety of attitudes and programs, the book emphasizes socially liberal efforts to counteract perceived problems in the area of moral behavior through progressive reforms. It thus points the reader toward connections and parallels between Germany and other parts of the transatlantic world."

"Cities, Sin, and Social Reform considers a broad spectrum of responses not only to the breakdown of social cohesion in general, but also to specific forms of deviant behavior. The author draws on large numbers of writings from the period by clergymen, jurists, medical doctors, educators, social workers, and others, and focuses on activists as well as writers. This literature illuminates the histories not only of urbanization, but also of sexuality, Christianity, leisure, education, and women."

"Focusing on positive instead of escapist responses to the challenges that inhered in urban society, this work can be read as part of an ongoing reassessment of the German Empire that points away from the idea that Germans were traveling an antimodernist Sonderweg, or special path, that led inevitably to National Socialism and the Third Reich."--Jacket.

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Lees's detailing of the debate over urban reform in imperial Germany reflects an ambitious working through of great masses of the literature of social criticism generated by middle class authors, Read more...

 
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