Date of Thesis

Spring 2018

Thesis Type

Honors Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts

Major

History

Minor, Emphasis, or Concentration

German Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Mehmet Dosemeci

Second Advisor

Dr. David Del Testa

Keywords

Third Reich, Women, Nazi Women, Nazi Propaganda, Germany, Resistance

Abstract

This thesis explores the period of the Third Reich (1933-1945) in Germany. It focuses primarily on the experience of German women living during this time. It argues the Nazi regime created gendered spheres of activity within society and asserts these spheres limited the possibilities for women to participate in and resist the regime. Using specific case studies of women, combining primary and secondary sources, it describes women who participated in the regime and those who resisted; in doing so, it argues to fully analyze the women who resisted the Nazi regime in the Third Reich a new category of resistance is required: feminine resistance. The thesis concludes resistance itself is a gendered term of discourse and analysis and uses the stories of women in the Third Reich to assert a rethinking of resistance is necessary for future historical analysis in order to include more female voices within historical narratives.

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