Militarization and Reproduction in World War I

TitleMilitarization and Reproduction in World War I
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsDomansky, Elisabeth
EditorEley, Geoff
Book TitleSociety, Culture, and the State in Germany, 1870-1930
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
CityAnn Arbor, MI

World War I completed the transition from nineteenth to the twentieth century. Not only did millions of soldiers lose their lives across the world; a whole century met its death: the global political order of the nineteenth century was destroyed, the territorial map of Europe changed beyond recognition, political systems collapsed, and the social organization of all European nations was radically restructured. The militarization of the twentieth-century world, which grew out of the ravages of total war, was based on a fundamentally new relationship between "the military and civil society, between war and peace, production and destruction." It was also grounded, as is shown in this essay, in a fundamentally new relationship between military destruction, industrial production, and the organization of the social and biological reproduction of society. While France and Great Britain seemed to have emerged from the "gender crisis" of total war with their patriarchal systems still intact, patriarchy, it is argued, was destroyed in Germany. [Author]

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