The Science of Beauty

Culture and Cosmetics in Modern Germany, 1750–1930

  • Authors
  • Annelie Ramsbrock

Part of the Worlds of Consumption book series (WC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Annelie Ramsbrock
    Pages 1-14
  3. Annelie Ramsbrock
    Pages 181-191
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 193-277

About this book


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.


eighteenth century enlightenment german history Germany history National Socialism Weimar

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-50428-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52315-0
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