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11. Did the lives of women improve in the Weimar period?
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about whether the lives of women improved during the Weimar period, focusing in particular on: (i) women’s suffrage in Weimar Germany; (ii) the fact that women greatly outnumbered men in Weimar Germany; (iii) the extent to which political parties focused on the political preferences of woman, and the parties that tended to attract the most votes from women (and how we know!); (iv) the extent to which Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party appealed to female voters; (v) the figure of the ‘New Woman’; (vi) the negative reaction among some men to the emancipation of women; (vii) the extent to which women were disproportionately impacted by the Great Depression; and (viii) the extent to which gender politics in the Weimar period continued up to and beyond 1933.
In this course, Professor Matthew Stibbe (Sheffield Hallam University) explores Weimar Germany through twelve key questions: (1) Was Weimar Germany doomed to fail from the start?; (2) Why did Weimar fail in the early 1930s?; (3) How much of a problem was political extremism for the Weimar Republic?; (4) What kind of elections took place in Weimar Germany?; (5) How did the design of the West Germany constitution aim to avoid the problems faced by Weimar Germany?; (6) What was the impact of hyperinflation in Weimar Germany?; (7) How successful was the Weimar economy in the years 1924-29?; (8) What was the impact of the Wall Street Crash on the Weimar Republic?; (9) Did living standards improve in the Weimar period?; (10) What was Weimar culture?; (11) Did the lives of women improve in the Weimar period?; and (12) How did ethnic minorities fare in the Weimar period?
Matthew Stibbe is Professor of Modern European History at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a specialist in twentieth-century German and European history, and currently serves on the committee of the German History Society. His most recent publications include (as co-editor with Kevin McDermott) Eastern Europe in 1968: Responses to the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact Invasion (2018) and (as co-editor with Ingrid Sharp) Women's International Activism During the Inter-War Period, 1919-39 (2018).
Cite this Lecture
Stibbe, M. (2021, January 29). Germany – The Weimar Republic, 1918-33 - Did the lives of women improve in the Weimar period? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-weimar-republic-1918-33-stibbe/did-the-lives-of-women-improve-in-the-weimar-period
Stibbe, Matthew. "Germany – The Weimar Republic, 1918-33 – Did the lives of women improve in the Weimar period?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 29 Jan 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-weimar-republic-1918-33-stibbe/did-the-lives-of-women-improve-in-the-weimar-period