A Valorous Volk Family: The Nation, the Military, and the Gender Order in Prussia in the Time of the Anti–Napoleonic Wars, 1806–15

TitleA Valorous Volk Family: The Nation, the Military, and the Gender Order in Prussia in the Time of the Anti–Napoleonic Wars, 1806–15
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsHagemann, Karen
EditorBlom, Ida, Karen Hagemann, and Catherine Hall
Book TitleGendered Nations: Nationalisms and Gender Order in the Long Nineteenth Century
Pagination179 - 205
PublisherBerg Publishers
CityOxford, UK ; New York
Abstract

In recent years, nations, nationalism, and the nation-state have enjoyed a resurgence of scholarly interest. The focus on the twentieth century and in particular the post-colonial and post-socialist era, however, has neglected the crucial developmental phase of modern nationalism, when basic patterns were created that were to exert long-term influence on the political culture of nations in and outside Europe. The book, Gendered Nations: Nationalisms and Gender Order in the Long Nineteenth Century, examines how gender and nation legitimize and limit the access of individuals and groups to national movements and the resources of nation-state. From problems of inclusion, exclusion and difference, national wars and military systems to national symbols, rituals and myths, contributors present a diverse array of critical perspectives, methodological approaches, and case-studies that are intellectually provocative and will help to guide future research as well as orient it toward international comparison.This book raises new questions about nation and gender and provides an assessment of the state of research in different countries for all those interested in cultural and social history, politics, anthropology and gender studies.

The chapter, A Valorous Volk Family: The Nation, the Military, and the Gender Order in Prussia in the Time of the Anti–Napoleonic Wars, 1806–15, by Karen Hagemann, examines the ramifications of nationalism, war, and a hierarchical gender order modeled by a romantic image of family. The resulting patriotic-national embrace of German unity and laudable attributes encouraged loyalty to the Prussian nation as a "valorous" extended family and fostered a rejection of the negative dissolute attributes of the French foe.

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