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Naked Germany : Health, Race and the - Chad Ross

Naked Germany

Health, Race and the

By: Chad Ross

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Published: 1st April 2005
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Twentieth-century efforts to create a fit and racially pure Germany, most clearly evident in the policies of Nazi Germany, tended to focus almost entirely on re-forming the national body while paying little attention to the personal body. The Freikrperkultur, or nudist, movement, is an important and unique exception, in that it focused on the personal body as a means of reinvigorating and regenerating the larger national or racial body. Naked Germany provides the first comprehensive history of the Freikrperkultur, a movement that anticipated Nazi ideology in many ways.From its earliest days at the turn of the century, nudism was conceived and practiced as a means by which the German race could reform itself, one person at a time, into a racially purer, better people. Contemporary observers believed that, physically and psychologically, Germans were becoming a degenerate Volk. The nudist formula for personal and racial regeneration was first to create healthy Germans by curing and preventing disease and moral hypocrisy through heavy doses of nudity, sunlight and air. The now healthy and beautiful Germans could then begin to replenish their national stock through better mate selection and marriages, ultimately breeding a racially pure and natural Volk, more akin to their distant Germanic ancestors. Nudist ideology was a potent combination of Darwinism, vlkisch nationalism and nature therapy - all deeply rooted in racial theory and designed to transform Germany into a nudist, racial utopia. In considering this often-overlooked aspect of German culture, Ross sheds new light on the popularity of Nazi theories of racial hygiene and the history of the body.

Introduction: The Decline of the Germans
Nudism and Nudists
Pastors, Priests, Nazis and Police: The Moral and Political Campaigns Against Nacktkultur
Theoretical Constructions of the Healthy Body
The Healthy Body
The Beautiful Body
The Nudist Woman
Sex, Race and Nudism
Epilogue
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9781859738665
ISBN-10: 1859738664
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 1st April 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1