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Worlds of Consumption

The Science of Beauty

Culture and Cosmetics in Modern Germany, 1750–1930

Authors: Ramsbrock, Annelie

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What did the cosmetic practices of middle-class women in the nineteenth century have in common with the repair of men's bodies mutilated in war? What did the New Woman of the Weimar years have to do with the field of social medicine that emerged in the same period? They were all part of a conversation about the cosmetic modification of bodies, a debate shaped by scientific knowledge and normative social models. Conceived as a cultural history, this book examines the history of artificially created beauty in Germany from the late Enlightenment to the early days of National Socialist rule.

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Annelie Ramsbrock is a research associate at the Center for Contemporary Historical Research in Potsdam, Germany. She received her doctorate in 2010 from the Free University, Berlin.

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“I enjoyed this book from the very beginning. Its fundamental thesis is as simple as it is convincing. Ideals of beauty must always be grasped as (historically variable) self-descriptions of society. Well-researched and readable, this study makes an exemplary contribution to the history of science and culture.” (Luca Giuliani, Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany and author of Image and Myth: A History of Pictorial Narration in Greek Art)

“This compelling and masterfully researched book shows that what a society sees as beautiful, and the steps taken to achieve beauty and body ideals, has a deep, rich, and changing history. How Germans adorned themselves, how they altered and transformed their faces and bodies, constituted in actuality elaborate claims to class identity, gender norms,  and social status. Part history of medicine and science, part philosophy, part cultural and business history, this wonderful book will change the way historians think about the potency of personal acts and individual behavior.” (Jennifer V. Evans, Associate Professor, Department of History, Carleton University, Canada and author of Life among the Ruins: Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Science of Beauty
Book Subtitle
Culture and Cosmetics in Modern Germany, 1750–1930
Authors
Series Title
Worlds of Consumption
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Wallstein Verlag
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52315-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137523150
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48980-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50428-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 277
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations
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