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The politics of fertility in twentieth-century Berlin / Annette F. Timm.

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    "What impact does a falling birth rate have on the strength and vitality of a nation? Are citizens duty-bound to think about this question when they make reproductive and sexual choices? Few countries have grappled with these questions so intensely and with such dramatic consequences as Germany. The Politics of Fertility in Twentieth- Century Berlin tracks how fears of a declining population infl uenced reproductive and sexual health policy in four German regimes, from the end of World War I through the period of German division in the Cold War. A case study set in Berlin, the book examines local measures to control fertility-threatening venereal diseases and infl uence reproductive choices in marriage counseling clinics. It investigates how policies meant to encourage higher birth rates created feelings of belonging even as they infringed upon personal autonomy. The idea that sexual duty should be central to conceptions of citizenship only died with the changing technological and political circumstances of the late Cold War"-- Provided by publisher.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Timm, Annette F.
    Published
    New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
    1008
    Locale
    Germany
    Berlin
    Contents
    Machine generated contents note: Introduction: birth rates, ideology, and sexual duties; 1. Venereal disease and the crisis of sexuality in the Weimar Republic; 2. Marriage counseling in the Weimar Republic; 3. Nazi Bevölkerungspolitik, health, and the family; 4. Venereal disease control in the Nazi era; 5. Controlling venereal disease in four-power Berlin; 6. Counseling couples in the post-war rubble; 7. Guarding the health of workers and families in the German Democratic Republic; 8. Sexual duties in Cold-War West Germany; Conclusion: the end of sexual duty and the future of Bevölkerungspolitik.
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    Includes bibliographical references and index.
    Machine generated contents note: Introduction: birth rates, ideology, and sexual duties; 1. Venereal disease and the crisis of sexuality in the Weimar Republic; 2. Marriage counseling in the Weimar Republic; 3. Nazi Bevölkerungspolitik, health, and the family; 4. Venereal disease control in the Nazi era; 5. Controlling venereal disease in four-power Berlin; 6. Counseling couples in the post-war rubble; 7. Guarding the health of workers and families in the German Democratic Republic; 8. Sexual duties in Cold-War West Germany; Conclusion: the end of sexual duty and the future of Bevölkerungspolitik.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780521195393
    052119539X (hardback)
    Physical Description
    p. cm.

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