Dueling; The Cult of Honor in Fin de Siecle Germany PDF

Dueling; The Cult of Honor in Fin de Siecle Germany [Read] ➳ Dueling; The Cult of Honor in Fin de Siecle Germany Author Kevin McAleer – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The uestion of what it takes to be a man comes under scrutiny in this sharp often playful cultural critiue of the German duel the deadliest type of one on one combat in fin de sicle Europe At a time w Cult of Kindle Ø The uestion of what it takes to be a man comes under scrutiny in this sharp often playful cultural critiue of the German duel the deadliest type of one on one combat in fin de sicle Europe At a time when dueling was generally restricted to swords or had been The Cult of Honor in PDF/EPUB or abolished altogether in other nations the custom of fighting to the death with pistols flourished among Germany's upper class males who took perverse comfort in Dueling; The MOBI :Ê defying their country's weakly enforced laws From initial provocation to final death agony Kevin McAleer describes with ironic humor the complex protocol of the German duel inviting his reader into the disturbing mindset of its practitioners and the society that valued this socially important but ultimately absurd pastime Through a narrative that cannot restrain itself from poking fun at the egos and prejudices that come to the fore in the pursuit of manliness McAleer offers both The Cult of ePUB ↠ an entertaining and thought provoking portrait of a cultural phenomenon that had far reaching effectsThe author employs a wealth of anecdotes to re create the dueling event in all its variety from the level of insult which could range from loudly ridiculing a man's choice of entre in an upscale restaurant to commonly bedding his wife to such intricacies as the time and place of the duel the guest list the selection of weapons and number The Cult of Honor in PDF/EPUB or of paces dress options and the decision regarding when to let the attending physician set up his instruments on the field As he exposes the reader to the fierce mentality behind these proceedings McAleer describes the duel as a litmus test of courage the masculine apotheosis which led its male practitioners to lay claim to both psychic and legal entitlements in Wilhelmine society The aristocratic nature of the duel with its feudal ethos of chivalry gave its upper middle class practitioners even opportunity to distinguish themselves from the underclasses and other marginalized groups such as Socialists Jews left liberals Catholics and pacifists who for various reasons were stigmatized as incapable of giving satisfaction The duel according to McAleer was thus a social mirror and the dueling issue political dynamiteThroughout these accounts the author sustains a personal voice to convey the horror and fascination of what at first appears to be simply a curious fringe activity but which he goes on to reveal as an integral element of German society's consciousness in the late nineteenth century In so doing he strengthens the argument that Germany followed a path of development separate from the rest of Europe leading to World War I and ultimately to Hitler and the Nazisoriginally published in The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print on demand technology to again make available previously out of print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in .

2 thoughts on “Dueling; The Cult of Honor in Fin de Siecle Germany

  1. Owen Owen says:

    One of the few rigorously academic history books that has an author that keeps the material alive and interesting It manages to come off as of a novel then a history book even though it cites over 200 sources and presents huge amounts of information about the dueling culture of pre war Germany

  2. Joseph Hirsch Joseph Hirsch says:

    Many moons ago as a kid I remember seeing a movie in which two men dressed in their finery stood a few paces from each other and shot according to an elaborate series of rules I knew nothing about The scene was from Barry Lyndon and considering that it held my attention as a five year old despite Steven Spielberg perhaps correctly deriding it as like being stuck at the Prado for an afternoon without lunch the duel part of the movie couldn't help but fascinateSome of the vestiges of the historic duel culture survive to this day ie Chief Seconds in boxing and Homer Simpson slapping people in the face with a glove but for the most part the cultures and ideas that motivated men to suare off in sometimes life and death battles with pistols or sabers are alien to what's left of our sensibilitiesAuthor Kevin McAleer delivers a solid intermittently brilliant occasionally pretentious study of the subject spending uite a bit of time in Germany as promised but hopping around Europe and even sallying over the Atlantic to report on the American cult of masculinity and honor if only to use it as a counterpoint against the singular nature of the ritualized duel as performed in GermanyThe book does a very good job of showing how conflicting senses of obligation to king family country and female honor all mixed together to create a concept of the duel that while derided in some corners still endlessly fascinated those who came to the subject expecting to sneer it's a bit like bullfighting in this way although taken too far the analogy starts to strain and then snap Sources marshaled include everything from contemporary journal accounts letters challenges issued You sir have insulted my honor as well as classics of Austrian and German literature from the likes of Arthur Schnitzler and Thomas Mann The part on the Mensur the student duel in which goggled young men deliberately tried to get slashed across the face was especially illuminating I remember seeing a movie some years ago Hans Westmar in which one of these strange and beautiful stationary slash fests took place and being confused and intrigued Herr McAleer's book' clears up a lot of the confusion and deepens the curiosity Recommended Ample and sometimes gruesome illustrations included

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