Virtually all discussions of the problematic character of youth and society in twentieth-century Germany begin with the middle class Wandervogel and end with the Hitler Youth. In this revisionist study Derek S. Linton argues that youth emerged as an important social problem around 1900 without any reference to the Wandervogel. Instead, fears of socialism, urban disorder, mass culture, and youthful independence prompted liberal social reformers to constitute young workers as a social problem. Linton traces the 'natural history' of this social problem from recognition to institutional reform. He especially explores such institutions as mandatory evening vocational schools and adult sponsored youth clubs designed to integrate young workers into Wilhelmine society. Based on his analysis of youth reform, Linton ends by discussing some of the debates between historians over the reformability of Imperial Germany and relations between the Empire and the Nazi regime.
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- Date Published: May 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521894456
- length: 332 pages
- dimensions: 233 x 156 x 26 mm
- weight: 0.573kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: the natural history of a social problem
2. Young labourers in the population, labour force and industrial law: structural preconditions of the youth salvation campaign
3. Youth savers and youth salvation: the image of labouring youth and institutional reform
4. Vocation and civics: the continuation school in practice
5. Beleaguered churches: Catholic and Protestant youth work
6. The socialist youth movement
7. Youth cultivation: the centralisation and militarisation of youth work
8. Preparing for motherhood: the inclusion of young women in youth cultivation
9. Youth cultivation and labouring youth in war
Epilogue and conclusion
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