Youth and the welfare state in Weimar Germany [electronic resource] /
Elizabeth Harvey.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
x, 352 p. ; 23 cm.
0198204140 (alk. paper) :
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Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
0198204140 (alk. paper) :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-342) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-04:
The title notwithstanding, Harvey's contribution to the history of Germany's social policies extends from about 1890 to about 1939. Her study is particularly concerned with determining the extent to which policies explicitly or implicitly imposed controls or sanctions on youth while simultaneously providing benefits and protection; with assessing the degree of policy continuity between imperial and Weimar Germany and between the latter and Nazi Germany; and with examining how youth policies dealt with girls and young women. Harvey also assesses the degree to which local governments played a role in formulating and implementing policy, which she exemplifies by using Hamburg, a Social Democratic stronghold with a highly professional youth welfare cadre, as a case study. She concludes that Weimar's youth policies were decisively different from earlier ones, that they tended to focus on males, and that the Depression intensified efforts to control youth and shifted the balance in favor of central government initiatives. Moreover, although there was no "seamless transition" to the Third Reich, the central features of the Weimar welfare state, especially as reshaped by the Depression, were nonetheless utilized by National Socialists for their own ends. Advanced undergraduates and above. H. D. Andrews; emeritus, Towson State University
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The Weimar Republic gave German youth new social rights and a pledge of generous educational and welfare provision. Public social and welfare policies would, it was hoped, banish the spectre of delinquent and rebellious youth, and ensure that the future citizens, workers, and mothers of Germany's new democracy would be well-adjusted, efficient, and healthy. Elizabeth Harvey examines a wide range of policies implemented by central and local government, and assesses the responses to them. Her analysis provides new insights into the troubled development of the Weimar welfare state and the crisis into which it was plunged by the Great Depression, and makes an important contribution to the debate over continuities between Weimar Germany and the Third Reich.
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Introductionp. 1
Public Policies and the Young Worker in Imperial Germanyp. 28
Public Policies towards Apprentices and Young Workers, 1918-1933p. 62
Youth Unemployment and Policies towards Unemployed Youth, 1918-1933p. 103
New Approaches to the Problem Adolescent? The Reform of Youth Welfare and Juvenile Justice in the Post-War Periodp. 152
Juvenile Crime and the Practice of Juvenile Justicep. 186
Reforming the Delinquent? Probation and Correctional Educationp. 226
From Republic to Third Reichp. 264
Tablesp. 299
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 343
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