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Directories as Elements of Town Life: The Case of National Socialist Germany
Gareth Shaw and Tim Coles
The Geographical Journal
Vol. 161, No. 3 (Nov., 1995), pp. 296-306
Published by: geographicalj
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3059834
Page Count: 11
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The position of town directories as sources in urban geography is discussed here. Traditionally attention has focused on their use in studies of social or commercial change in urban environments, and making use of the extensive listings of names and addresses contained therein. They are, however, far more versatile sources than this and provide excellent information on political and cultural change. Directories were often compiled not just with an administrative or commercial role in mind but to broadcast a particular image of society to the outside world. Perhaps nowhere is this more clearly illustrated than in Germany in the National Socialist period where directories were used as instruments of propaganda and social control. Concerted, and often quite subtle, efforts were made by the NSDAP through directories to cultivate a new image of society, one which was closely tied to their ideology. Moreover, when viewed against Hitler's town building programme, directory evidence casts it in a different light as one interested as much in projected image as urban regeneration.
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