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Toys, Consumption, and Middle-class Childhood in Imperial Germany, 1871-1918

Toys, Consumption, and Middle-class Childhood in Imperial Germany, 1871-1918 (Paperback)

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Drawing on a variety of techniques from history, anthropology and literary criticism the author argues toy consumption helped adults negotiate the transmission of middle-class values regarding modernity, technology, gender roles and nationalism to their children. Practices of consumption permitted self-fashioning from above and below; women used their control over childhood to insert themselves into political debates about the future shape of the nation at a time when they lacked the vote. Although the project to build a middle-class utopia via shopping never succeeded, millions of Germans happily bought toys at Christmas and birthdays showing their faith in the ability of modern society to make the world a better place. To understand why ordinary consumers made these choices, the book draws on a variety of sources including periodicals, trade journals, advertisements, pedagogical literature, memoirs, and toys.

EducationHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900LGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Verlag Peter Lang Publication Date: 16/04/2009 ISBN-13: 9783039115488  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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The Author: Bryan Ganaway received his Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of Illinois in 2003. He is currently a visiting assistant professor at the College of Charleston. He has received Fulbright and DAAD grants and published in the Edinburgh German Yearbook and the Journal of Social History.

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