Nation, Krieg und Geschlechterordnung: Zum kulturellen und politischen Diskurs in der Zeit der antinapoleonischen Erhebung Preußens 1806-1815

TitleNation, Krieg und Geschlechterordnung: Zum kulturellen und politischen Diskurs in der Zeit der antinapoleonischen Erhebung Preußens 1806-1815
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsHagemann, Karen
JournalGeschichte und Gesellschaft
Volume22
Issue4
Pagination562–591
Date Published10/1996
Abstract

Unlike other sociopolitical developments in Germany accompanying the French Revolution and Napoleonic era, sex roles have received little attention from historians, despite the considerable interest shown in them by contemporaries. Three developments involving gender are examined in Prussia during the anti-Napoleonic struggle, 1806-15: the construction of a broad-based national identity; military reform; and the elaboration of specific sex roles. A patriotic, defense-oriented national identity was formed based on a male citizenry able and willing to bear arms, and was thus explicitly masculine in character. This was reinforced by the introduction of universal conscription and close association of the army with the "nation" (as opposed to just the state). Finally, a Prussian "national character" was elaborated for both men and women that - largely based on anthropological distinctions - strictly separated the two in their contributions to the common nation.

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/40185917
Short TitleNation, Krieg und Geschlechterordnung
Translated TitleNation , War and Gender Order : The cultural and political discourse in the time of anti-Napoleonic Prussia 1806-1815
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