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JOINING THE GERMAN HOME FRONT: WOMEN, RELIGION, AND WORLD WAR I
September 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Presenting is Andrea A. Sinn, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Geography, Elon University
(In cooperation with the North Carolina German Studies Seminar Series)
Traditionally, the history of World War I is told predominantly from the vantage point of men, and those academics, who have engaged in the analysis of women’s wartime experiences, have largely neglected to explore their religion and ethnicity. By using gender and religion as complementary lenses, this project argues that the war blurred the religious spheres that up to 1914 defined the home and turned women into historical actors that produced wartime solidarity and thus played a decisive role in shaping Germany during World War I. In addition, as will be demonstrated through a close analysis of Jewish female accounts, the war created new opportunities for Jewish integration at home, a result that seems to contradict the established scholarly narrative which portrays the German-Jewish wartime experience as one that was dominated by Anti-Semitism, most notably symbolized by the infamous Jew Count of 1916.
Karen Hagemann (UNC Chapel Hill, Department of History) will be the moderator.
This event is part of the Carolina Gender, War and Culture Series.
Co-Sponsors and/or additional support provided by U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center funding
Acknowledgement of Support: This event has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this event are the sole responsibility of The UNC Center for European Studies and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.