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By Nancy R. Reagin

Nancy Reagin analyzes the rhetoric, ideas, and courses of greater than 80 bourgeois women's institutions in Hanover, a wide provincial capital, from the Imperial interval to the Nazi seizure of energy. She examines the social and demographic foundations of the Hanoverian women's move, interweaving neighborhood heritage with advancements at the nationwide point. utilizing the German adventure as a case examine, Reagin explores the hyperlinks among political conservatism and a feminist time table in response to a trust in innate gender differences.

Reagin's research features a good selection of women's organizations--feminist, nationalist, non secular, philanthropic, political, undefined. It makes a speciality of the ways that bourgeois women's category historical past and political socialization, and their aid of the belief of 'spiritual motherhood,' mixed inside of an antidemocratic weather to provide a conservative, maternalist method of women's matters and different political issues. in accordance with Reagin, the truth that the women's move advanced during this means is helping to give an explanation for why such a lot of middle-class ladies chanced on nationwide Socialism appealing.

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