Heran, heran, zu Sieg oder Tod! Entwürfe patriotisch-wehrhafter Männlichkeit in der Zeit der Befreiungskriege

TitleHeran, heran, zu Sieg oder Tod! Entwürfe patriotisch-wehrhafter Männlichkeit in der Zeit der Befreiungskriege
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsHagemann, Karen
EditorKühne, Thomas
Book TitleMännergeschichte—Geschlechtergeschichte: Männlichkeit im Wandel der Moderne
Pagination51 - 69
PublisherCampus
CityFrankfurt/M
Abstract

Männergeschichte is the first anthology to bring together articles on the modern history of German masculinity. The eleven essays engage with some key transformations in German masculine ideals and practices from the late eighteenth century to the 1950s, utilizing a diverse array of sources and methodologies. The largest grouping of essays explores the connections between masculinity and the making of war, each in their own way, attempt to engage the vexing problem of the peculiarities of German history, and the damages wrought specifically by German forms of militarized masculinism. Karen Hagemann analyses the widely popular patriotic songs and poems produced by Prussian propagandists during the Napoleonic Wars. She stresses how novel, in the 1910s, was the equation of maleness with ‘true Germanness’ and with the willingness to lose one’s life on the battlefield (glorified as ‘Wehrhaftigkeit’), but also reminds readers of the long-term consequences of the ‘democratization’ and popularization of those equations. (from review by Dagmar Herzog)

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