Men of Reconstruction – The Reconstruction of Men: Returning POWs in East and West Germany, 1945–1955

TitleMen of Reconstruction – The Reconstruction of Men: Returning POWs in East and West Germany, 1945–1955
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsBiess, Frank
EditorHagemann, Karen, and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum
Book TitleHome/Front: The Military, War, and Gender in Twentieth-Century Germany
Pagination335-359
PublisherBerg
CityOxford; New York
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In the book chapter "Men of Reconstruction--The Reconstruction of Men: Returning POWs in East and West Germany, 1945-1955" in the edited volume Home/Front: The Military, War, and Gender in Twentieth-Century Germany, the author Frank Biess discusses how the protracted release of POWs influenced the construction of masculinity in both Germanies. Remasculinization became an integral part of reconstruction projects and national development. In the West, reintegration took the form of reestablishing patriarchal rule through the family, while the East revived the military tradition with anti-fascist ideology. The essay provides a nice starting point for comparison with the far more voluminous work regarding World War I, as Biess concludes that both Germanies were eager to move ahead instead of brooding about the past.

URLhttps://www.bloomsburyculturalhistory.com/encyclopedia?docid=b-9781350048379
Original PublicationHeimat-Front: Militär und Geschlechterverhältnisse im Zeitalter der Weltkriege
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