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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226319766
ISBN-10: 0226319768
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 148mm x 19mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 3-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael Hau

Michael Hau is a lecturer in modern European history at Monash University in Australia.