Includes bibliographical references (p. -176) and index.
Introduction : building a better German -- Disorder on the court : soft men, hard women, and steamy tennis -- Belle of the brawl : the boxer between sensationalism and sport -- German engineering : duty, performance, and the track and field athlete -- Conclusion : body beyond Weimar : Germany's athletic legacy.
Shows how German athletes reshaped gender roles in the turbulent decade after World War I and established the basis for a modern body and modern sensibility that remain with us to this day. The same cutting-edge techniques that engineers were using to increase the efficiency of factories and businesses in the 1920s aided athletes in boosting the productivity of their own flesh and bones.
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