Mannlicher Muth und Teutsche Ehre: Nation, Militär und Geschlecht zur Zeit der Antinapoleonischen Kriege Preussens

TitleMannlicher Muth und Teutsche Ehre: Nation, Militär und Geschlecht zur Zeit der Antinapoleonischen Kriege Preussens
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsHagemann, Karen
Number of Pages619
PublisherFerdinand Schöningh
City, CountryPaderborn
Abstract

Recent research has denied the historical inevitability of the state and has pictured it (in the words of Benedict Anderson) as an “imaginary community” that is defined chiefly by the evanescent psychological needs and political projects of its promoters. “Germany,” a creation of the nineteenth century, provides a particularly clear example of the ways in which national identity is invented, popularized, and realized through a series of diverse and shifting political projects. In this study of the birth and early development of German nationalism during the anti-Napoleonic wars (1806-1815), Karen Hagemann argues that the new concept of German identity did not submerge gender difference, but on the contrary created a newly polarized gender order that survived throughout the long nineteenth century and – some would argue- even into the present. This massive study begins by describing the new forms of military organization through which the Prussian state avenged its defeats in 1806 by Napoleon’s grand army. The brilliant and energetic officers who presided over this process of reorganization aimed to create a new definition of citizenship based on military service. (from book review by Ann Taylor Allen)

Short TitleMannlicher Muth und Teutsche Ehre
Translated TitleManly Valor and German Honor: Images of the Nation, War and Gender during the Period of Prussia’s Anti-Napoleonic Wars
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