Performance Anxiety: Sport and Work in Germany from the Empire to Nazism

Performance Anxiety: Sport and Work in Germany from the Empire to Nazism

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By Michael Hau
German and European Studies
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2017
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384 Pages 25 Images
ISBN 9781442630628
Published Mar 2017
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Performance Anxiety analyses the efforts of German elites, from 1890 to 1945, to raise the productivity and psychological performance of workers through the promotion of mass sports. Michael Hau reveals how politicians, sports officials, medical professionals, and business leaders, articulated a vision of a human economy that was coopted in 1933 by Nazi officials in order to promote competition in the workplace. Hau’s original and startling study is the first to establish how Nazi leaders’ discourse about sports and performance was used to support their claims that Germany was on its way to becoming a true meritocracy. Performance Anxiety is essential reading for political, social, and sports historians alike.

Michael Hau is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University.





1 Wehrkraft and Volkskraft: The “Human Economy” and Performance Enhancement during the Empire

2 Conditioning Bodies and Minds during the Weimar Republic

3: Conditioning People’s Comrades

4 The Olympics of Labor: The Reich Vocational Competitions, 1934-1939

5 The Performance Community at War





“Michael Hau does an excellent job of highlighting the tension between Nazi eugenics and Nazi performatics. This is a fascinating and important topic.”

Erik Jensen, Department of History, Miami University

“Performance Anxiety is concerned with a crucial topic of modern German history. Michael Hau demonstrates a fine grasp of English and German historiography and he incorporates a range of interesting published and archival sources.”

Moritz Föllmer, Department of History, University of Amsterdam