A groundbreaking exploration of disability in Germany, from the Weimar Republic to present-day reunified Germany
A volume in the series Corporealities: Discourses of Disability
"Highly recommended . . . Insightful and meticulously researched."
"Comprehensively researched, abundantly illustrated and written in accessible and engaging prose . . . With great skill, Poore weaves diverse types of evidence, including historical sources, art, literature, journalism, film, philosophy, and personal narratives into a tapestry which illuminates the cultural, political, and economic processes responsible for the marginalization, stigmatization, even elimination, of disabled people–as well as their recent emancipation."
—Disability Studies Quarterly
"This work is a major contribution...a rich introduction to disability history in twentieth-century Germany, and hopefully it will stimulate further work in this field."
—Richard Weikart, American Historical Review
"Carole Poore's book is the first comprehensive work on the topic of disability in German history and culture in any language. In many ways, her book is an exploration of 20th-century German social and cultural history through disability-related themes. It traces conflicting and shifting meanings of health, illness, impairment, and disability in specific historical contexts, relates them to mechanisms of social inclusion and exclusion . . ."
—Journal of Social History, Project MUSE
Winner: Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the Modern Language Association
Winner: DAAD/German Studies Association 2008 Book Prize