© 1992

The Politics of the Body in Weimar Germany

Women’s Reproductive Rights and Duties

Part of the Studies in Gender History book series (SGH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Cornelie Usborne
    Pages 1-30
  3. Cornelie Usborne
    Pages 31-68
  4. Cornelie Usborne
    Pages 69-101
  5. Cornelie Usborne
    Pages 102-155
  6. Cornelie Usborne
    Pages 156-201
  7. Cornelie Usborne
    Pages 202-213
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 214-304

About this book


This book analyses how the Weimar Republic put Germany in the forefront of social reform and women's emancipation with wide-ranging maternal welfare programmes and labour protection laws. Its enlightened policy of family planning and liberalised abortion laws offered women a new measure of control over their lives. But the new politics of the body also increased state intervention, the power of the medical profession and the tendency to sacrifice women's rights to national interests whenever the Volk seemed in danger of 'racial decline'.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Roehampton InstituteLondonUK

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