Work and Play: The Production and Consumption of Toys in Germany, 1870-1914 (Social History, Popular Culture and Politics in Germany)

Work and Play: The Production and Consumption of Toys in Germany, 1870-1914 (Social History, Popular Culture and Politics in Germany)

By: David D. Hamlin (author)Hardback

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The development of toys in late nineteenth century Germany represents a perhaps surprising, but nonetheless extremely valuable tool for understanding the influence of consumerism on Wilhelmine society at a time of extreme social transformation. The rapid development of commerce in toys brought to the industry a significant increase in national wealth and power, but toys also became a site for contesting social and cultural problems. Would consumer capitalism lead to greater wealth or more exploitation? Should toys train young children in desirable adult traits or unlock the doors of fantasy? What were the implications for modern individualism and society inherent in these alternatives? Through the lenses of producers, distributors, retailers, consumers, pedagogues as well as cultural and social reformers, Hamlin explores how this new industry helped to lead the way toward German modernity.

About Author

David Hamlin is Assistant Professor of History at Fordham University.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780472115884
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780472115884
  • ISBN10: 047211588X

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