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Youth and the Welfare State in Weimar Germany - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)
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Youth and the Welfare State in Weimar Germany - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 16/09/1993
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This is a detailed and scholarly study of social policy in Weimar Germany. The Weimar Republic gave German youth new social rights and a pledge of generous educational and welfare provision. Public social and welfare policies would, it was hoped, banish the spectre of delinquent and rebellious youth, and ensure that the future citizens, workers, and mothers of Germany's new democracy would be well-adjusted, efficient, and healthy. But how far could the would-be architects of modern technocratic welfare realize their vision in the midst of the economic and political instability of the Great Depression? How did young people respond to policies supposedly in their best interests, but which contained an unmistakable dimension of supervision and control? Elizabeth Harvey examines a wide range of policies implemented by central and local government, including vocational training, labour market policies, reformatory schooling, and the juvenile justice system. Her lucid and scholarly analysis provides new insights into the troubled development of the Weimar welfare state and the crisis into which it was plunged by the Depression. Her book also adds important evidence to the debate over continuities in social policy between Weimar Germany and the Third Reich.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198204145
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 219 x 144 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Elizabeth Harvey's excellent and subtly nuanced monograph on "youth policy" in the Wiemar years provides revealing evidence of the links between hyperinflation and the social and cultural crisis described by Feldman.' Times Literary Supplement
Elizabeth Harvey's exemplary monograph on youth welfare in Weimar is ... social history at its best. Harvey analyses a prodigious quantity of contemporary publications and summarises this material with great clarity and control. Harvey draws on vivid material in the Hamburg archives to illustrate the treatment of young female delinquents, a previously neglected area of research. Harvey fills major gaps in the existing literature on youth welfare under the Weimar Republic. * E.D.R. Harrison, History Today *

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