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Winning Women's Votes: Propaganda and Politics in Weimar Germany [Paperback]

Julia Sneeringer
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1 Jan 2002
In November 1918, German women gained the right to vote, and female suffrage would forever change the landscape of German political life. Women now constituted the majority of voters, and political parties were forced to address them as political actors for the first time. Analyzing written and visual propaganda aimed at, and frequently produced by, women across the political spectrum-including the Communists and Social Democrats; liberal, Catholic, and conservative parties; and the Nazis-Julia Sneeringer shows how various groups struggled to reconcile traditional assumptions about women's interests with the changing face of the family and female economic activity. Through propaganda, political parties addressed themes such as motherhood, fashion, religion, and abortion. But as Sneeringer demonstrates, their efforts to win women's votes by emphasizing "women's issues" had only limited success. The debates about women in propaganda were symptomatic of larger anxieties that gripped Germany during this era of unrest, Sneeringer says. Though Weimar political culture was ahead of its time in forcing even the enemies of women's rights to concede a public role for women, this horizon of possibility narrowed sharply in the face of political instability, economic crises, and the growing specter of fascism.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press; 1st Edition edition (1 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807853410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807853412
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,028,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"By focusing on how the political parties of Weimar Germany sought to mobilize the women's vote, Sneeringer's book makes a significant and lasting contribution to the... literature on Weimar electoral politics." - Larry Eugene Jones, Canisius College

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JULIA SNEERINGER is associate professor of history at Beloit College in Wisconsin.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 26 Oct 2009
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I bought this book when studying the Weimar Repiblic and the rise of the Nazi Party, and I found this book to be of great use when focusing on the women in Germany and how they became to be politically important after they had received emancipation in 1919. The book highlights the ways that different political parties in Germany had to focus on gaining the female vote, through different forms of propaganda. Each chapter clearly refers to the different political parties. For someone studying the Nazi Party, this book is useful as it shows how they viewed women (different spheres), and the role women had in the politics of the NSDAP.
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