The Martial Ethic in Early Modern Germany: Civic Duty and the Right of Arms

Hardcover | May 15, 2011

byB. Ann Tlusty

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For German townsmen, life during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was characterized by a culture of arms, with urban citizenry representing the armed power of the state. This book investigates how men were socialized to the martial ethic from all sides, and how masculine identity was confirmed with blades and guns. 

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For German townsmen, life during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was characterized by a culture of arms, with urban citizenry representing the armed power of the state. This book investigates how men were socialized to the martial ethic from all sides, and how masculine identity was confirmed with blades and guns. 

B ANN TLUSTY is Professor of History at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, USA. Her publications include Bacchus and Civic Order: The Culture of Drink in Early Modern Europe (2001) and the co-edited collection The World of the Tavern: Public Houses in Early Modern Europe (2002), as well as numerous articles on gendered behaviours in...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.91 × 5.7 × 1.2 inPublished:May 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230576567

ISBN - 13:9780230576568

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Keeping the Peace: Household, Citizenship, and Defense
Duty and Disorder
Negotiating Armed Power: The Control of Arms and Violence
The Age of the Sword: Norms of Honor and Fashion
Keeping and Bearing Arms: Norms of Status and Gender
In and Out of the Commune: The Social Boundaries of Citizenship
Martial Sports and the Technological Challenge
Communities in Conflict: Competing Jurisdictions in the Empire
Citizens versus the State: Household, Community, and Urban Politics
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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"A well-written treatment of an important topic, which offers an ambitious analysis of the relationship between the right of German townsmen to bear arms and early modern understandings of citizenship, honour and gender." --Christopher R. Friedrichs, University of British Columbia, Canada