Pleasure and Power in Nazi Germany by P. Swett

Pleasure and Power in Nazi Germany

EditorP. Swett

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Although we associate the Third Reich above all with suffering, pain and fear, pleasure played a central role in its social and cultural dynamics. This book explores the relationship between the rationing of pleasures as a means of political stabilization and the pressure on the Nazi regime to cater to popular cultural expectations.

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PAMELA SWETT is Associate Professor of History at McMaster University, Canada and is the author of numerous works on twentieth-century Germany, including Neighbors and Enemies: The Culture of Radicalism in Berlin, 1929-1933 (2004).COREY ROSS is Professor of Modern History at the University of Birmingham, UK, and is the author of sever...
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Title:Pleasure and Power in Nazi GermanyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.03 inPublished:April 12, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230271685

ISBN - 13:9780230271685

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Pleasure and Power in Nazi Germany: An Introduction; P.E.Swett, C.Ross & F.d'Almeida
PART I: CONSUMPTION AND THE PRIVILEGES OF PLEASURE
Driving, Shopping and Smoking: The Society for Consumer Research and the Politics of Pleasure in Nazi Germany; S.J.Wiesen
Selling Sexual Pleasure in 1930s Germany; P.E.Swett
Luxury and Fashion under National Socialism; F.d'Almeida
PART II: DISCIPLINE AND DISTRACTION: ENTERTAINMENTS AND THE AESTHETICS OF PLEASURE
The Structure of Aesthetic Pleasure in the Nazi Reception of Goethe’s Faust; D.Pan
'German Humour' in Books: The Attractiveness and Political Significance of Laughter during the Nazi Era; P.Merziger
Pleasure, Practicality and Propaganda: Popular Magazines in Nazi Germany, 1933-39; K.C.Führer
Radio, Film and Morale: Wartime Entertainment between Mobilization and Distraction; C.Ross
PART III: THE PLEASURES OF COMMUNITY AND CONSENSUS
Seeing the World: Photography, Photojournalism, and Visual Pleasure in the Third Reich; E.Harvey
The Pleasures of Being a 'Political Soldier:' Nazi Functionaries and their Service to the 'Movement'; D.Mühlenfeld
The Pleasure of Terror: Belonging through Genocide; T.Kühne
The Pleasures of Opposition: Leisure, Solidarity and Resistance of a Life-reform Group; M.Roseman
Bibliography
Index







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"Using "pleasure" as an analytical category, this book makes a significant contribution to the history of the Third Reich by giving us a new angle by which to approach it...Pleasure and Power in Nazi Germany is a clever, thought-provoking book that has much to teach anyone interested in the Third Reich or the histories of emotion and culture in general." - Mark B. Cole, H-German