Staging Philanthropy: Patriotic Women and the National by Jean Helen Quataert

By Jean Helen Quataert

Staging Philanthropy is a heritage of women's philanthropic institutions in the course of Germany's "long" 19th century. Challenged via the French Revolution and the Napoleonic career and warfare, dynastic teams in Germany made neighborhood welfare and its safety a part of newly-gendered social responsibilities, sponsoring a community of kingdom women's institutions, philanthropic associations, and nursing orders which have been ultimately coordinated through the German pink go. those patriotic teams helped style an authentic nationalism that defended conservative strength and authority within the new nation-state.
An unique and actually multi-disciplinary paintings, Staging Philanthropy makes use of archival study to reconstruct the overlooked heritage of women's philanthropic businesses through the 'long' 19th century. Borrowing from cultural anthropologists, Jean Quataert explores how which means is created within the theater of politics. Linking gender with nationalism and struggle with humanitarianism, Quataert weaves her research including issues of German historiography and the broader context of eu history.
Staging Philanthropy will curiosity readers in German heritage, women's background, politics and anthropology, in addition to these whose curiosity is in medicalization and the German crimson pass. This e-book situates itself in the course of a string of debates touching on sleek German heritage and, therefore, must also entice readers from the final knowledgeable public.
Jean Quataert is Professor of historical past and Women's reviews, Binghamton college. She has formerly released a couple of books, together with Connecting Spheres: ecu ladies in a Globalizing international, 1500 to the Present with Marilyn J. Boxer (Oxford, 1999).

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There was, for example, the prominent widows’ asylum in Florence, the Orbatello, which was watched over by municipal of‹cials. This quasi-private institution was a two-story apartment house for widows and their children, run by women in its daily operations and designed to insure future family formation. City fathers gave each girl a small dowry to help start a new family. 8 Embedded in these relationships were older values that linked fortune and wealth with sacri‹ce and giving. 9 Republican Florence still operated within a medieval Christian context that sancti‹ed the act of giving alms itself and was indifferent to the nature and causes of poverty.

Emboldened by the Christian spirit, Scheibler was calling on his brothers and sisters of both confessions in the religiously mixed environs of the Rhineland to support his noble venture. And he laced the manifesto with assurances that by these acts of charity the benefactors would receive God’s abiding pleasure and reap due rewards in heaven. 2 The pastor’s solicitation, in part, grew out of a religious revival of piety that had swept through German territories in response to the revolutionary wars and the Napoleonic occupation.

For more general discussion of the religious revival, James J. Sheehan, German History, 1770–1866 (Oxford, 1989), 555–65; Nipperdey, Deutsche Geschichte, 1800–1866, 74–75; and, most recently, David Blackbourn, The Long Nineteenth Century: A History of Germany, 1780–1918 (New York, 1998), 134–37. The Landesmutter and Philanthropic Practices, 1813–1848 23 invested with honor, and he sang the praise of those who accepted the “duty of love” at the root of the charitable impulse. The same appeal, however, pointed to other new cultural patterns as well.

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