Hau argues that the obsessions with personal health and fitness was often rooted in anxieties over professional and economic success, as well as fears that modern industrialized civilization was causing Germany and its people to degenerate. He also examines how different social groups gave different meanings to the same hygienic practices and aesthetic ideals. What results is a penetrating look at class formation in pre-Nazi Germany that should interest historians of Europe and medicine and scholars of culture and gender.
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(229mm x 148mm x 19mm)
University of Chicago Press
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Author Biography - Michael Hau
Michael Hau is a lecturer in modern European history at Monash University in Australia.