Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France

Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France

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After a decade of works on women's history, historians are becoming aware of the dearth of literature on men's history. Professor Nye addresses this gap in a study of evolving definitions of masculinity in France since the eighteenth century. He examines specifically the aristocratic ethos of male honour, rooted in a society of landlords, hunters, and warriors, adapted to a society motivated by utilitarian values, urban life, and rational law. He focuses on the cultural practices and mentality of middle and upper class men and the appeal of their codes to men throughout French society.show more

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 160.5 x 235.2 x 26.9mm | 676.8g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones
  • 0195046498
  • 9780195046496

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'His is the first account to apply a consistently gendered analysis to duelling in recent French history. Nye has provided us with two invaluable studies about medical discourse and about duelling.' John Tosh University of North London. French History 'ambitious and stimulating foray into male aspects of gender history ... The material Nye presents is fascinating, and often amusing ... absorbing material on duelling.' Times Literary Supplementshow more

About Robert A. Nye

Author of Crime, Madness and Politics in Modern France (1984)show more

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