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Author Mouton, Michelle, 1965-

Title From nurturing the nation to purifying the Volk : Weimar and Nazi family policy, 1918-1945 / Michelle Mouton
Published Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 310 pages) : illustrations
Series Publications of the German Historical Institute
Publications of the German Historical Institute.
Contents Marriage policy in turmoil: stabilizing society, re-ordering gender roles, and guaranteeing the future -- Divorce: balancing individual freedom and the 'public good' -- From Mother's Day to forced sterilization motherhood as antidote to national health -- Alleviating the burdens of motherhood -- Morality versus mortality: negotiating policy toward single mothers and illegitimate children -- Forming families beyond blood ties: foster care and adoption
Summary "This book explores Weimar and Nazi policy to highlight the fundamental, far-reaching change wrought by the Nazis and the disparity between national family policy design and its implementation at the local level. Relying on a broad range of sources - including court records, sterilization files, church accounts, and women's oral histories - it demonstrates how local officials balanced the benefits of marriage, divorce, and adoption against budgetary concerns, church influence, and their own personal beliefs. Throughout both eras, individual Germans collaborated with, rebelled against, and evaded state mandates, in the process fundamentally altering the impact of national policy."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-302) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Family Planning Policy -- history.
Family Planning Services -- history.
History, 20th Century.
Marriage -- history.
Mothers -- history.
National Socialism -- history.
Family policy -- Germany -- History.
Family services -- Germany -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511268939 (electronic bk.)
0511270240 (electronic bk.)
0511806965 (electronic bk.)
9780511268939 (electronic bk.)
9780511270246 (electronic bk.)
9780511806964 (electronic bk.)