The Imagined Hausfrau: National Identity, Domesticity, and Colonialism in Imperial Germany*

@article{Reagin2001TheIH,
  title={The Imagined Hausfrau: National Identity, Domesticity, and Colonialism in Imperial Germany*},
  author={Nancy R. Reagin},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  year={2001},
  volume={73},
  pages={54 - 86}
}
  • N. Reagin
  • Published 1 March 2001
  • History
  • The Journal of Modern History
Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick, the author of the 1908 work Home Life in Germany, was a bourgeois woman of German parentage who married an Englishman around the turn of the century. Accustomed to German styles of housekeeping, she had to adjust to English approaches to household management after her marriage, and she observed English domesticity with wry amusement. When she first heard a discussion of “English housekeeping,” she later wrote, “it was a new idea to me that any women in the world except the… 
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