Men of Honour

Men of Honour : A Social and Cultural History of the Duel

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This book provides a wide--ranging and fascinating history of the duel and its significance, from the early modern period to the twentieth century.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 157.2 x 236.5 x 30mm | 662.26g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745611974
  • 9780745611976
  • 2,327,942

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Men of Honour is a wide-ranging account of the duel and itssignificance, from the early modern period to the twentiethcentury.

Ute Frevert challenges the conventional view that the practiceof settling disputes by duelling had died out in Europe by the endof the nineteenth century. Focusing on Germany, she draws onnewspaper reports, archives and biographies to show that duellingcontinued to be practised widely among the bourgeoisie and nobilityuntil at least the First World War, and even later.

Frevert discusses the social function of the duel and thechanges it underwent between the early modern period and thetwentieth century. She describes the men who took part - from youngstudents to officers of rank, from famous writers and poets tomature noblemen - and illustrates the different times and placesthey chose for their combat. She explores the meaning of the duelfor the participants, and in particular the ideal of "honor" amongmen which compelled so many to put their lives at great risk.Men of Honour is a detailed and vivid account of the maleself-images and modes of behavior in bourgeois society. It will bewelcomed by students and researchers in social and culturalhistory, and by anyone interested in the history of duelling.
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Table of contents

Introduction. 1. Between the brawl and the duel of honour: the early modern era. 2. The Enlightenment, public opinion and state policy on duelling. 3. The honour of officers. 4. a Scholastica honour and academic duelling. 5. Freedom, equality, masculinity. 6. The demise of duelling: the twentieth century. Appendices. Sources and Bibliography. Notes. Index.
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"An impressive historiographical achievement." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung "This is a scholarly, imaginative and lively book. Frevert writes extremely perceptively about the contradictions and conflicts of the period." Peter Burke, University of Cambridge
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