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From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity

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Manliness has always been linked to physical prowess and to war; indeed the warrior has been the archetypal man across countless cultures throughout time. In this magisterial excursion through literature, history, warfare, and sociology, one of our most prominent scholars tracks the complex relationship between the changing methods and goals of warfare and shifting models of manhood. This journey takes us from the citizen soldiers of ancient Greece to the medieval knights to the misogynistic terrorists of Al Qaeda.

As he chronicles these transformations, Leo Braudy weighs the significance of everything from weapon technology to the hairstyles favored during different eras. He offers fresh insights on codes of war and codes of racial purity, and on cultural and historical figures from Socrates to Don Quixote to Napoleon to Custer to Rambo. Epic in scope and free of academic jargon, From Chivalry to Terrorism is a masterwork of scholarship that is both accessible and breathtakingly ambitious.

About the Author

Leo Braudy is University Professor and Bing Professor of English at the University of Southern California. He previously taught at Yale, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a Senior Scholar Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation at the Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy, as well as a writer-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome. His book Jean Renoir: The World of His Films was a finalist for the National Book Award. Another of his books, The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Harper’s. Mr. Braudy lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Men and masculinity — Armor and honor — From armor to personality — The battle and the sexes — Heroes from below — The nineteenth century : war and national identity — The twentieth century : weapons of mass destruction and the warrior spirit.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307773418
Subtitle:
War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Braudy, Leo
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Men's Studies - Masculinity
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050412
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
613

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History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Mens Studies
History and Social Science » Military » General History

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