Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION

Frankfurt (Oder) in the First World War. The “total war” without boundaries and the “home front”

  • Prof. Dr. Gangolf Hübinger
  • In cooperation with Dr. Martin Schieck (Museum Viadrina)
  • Prof. Dr. Gangolf Hübinger
  • Dr. Martin Schieck (Museum Viadrina)
  • Project team of the Master's course in "European Cultural History"
Sparkasse Oder Spree
April 2014 - December 2015

The First World War changed the social fabric of German cities, as the "total war" destroyed the conventional borders between the peaceful homeland and the battle front. A "war society" emerged on what researchers have termed the "home front," with new rules of social integration and exclusion. Frankfurt (Oder), an administrative and military center, presents a good example: The shift from a market-oriented peacetime economy to a state-controlled war economy, the transformation of social relationships and relations between the sexes, and last but not least, new demarcations between the "private" and the "public."

This project investigates the interaction among municipal administration, schools, churches and civic associations, including the many women's associations. Particular emphasis is placed on the Frankfurter Oder-Zeitung, which enjoyed a press monopoly on depicting the events of the war and on the flow of information in everyday municipal communications during the four years of the war.

The results will be presented in an exhibition in the municipal Museum Viadrina and in the thematic area of the Frankfurter Jahrbuch 2014 (Frankfurt/Oder 2015).

Projektbeschreibung auf Deutsch