History of Men, The

Essays on the History of American and British Masculinities

Author: Michael S. Kimmel

Publisher: SUNY Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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A collection of historical articles and essays by a pioneer in the field of masculinity studies.

Tides in the Affairs of Men

The Social History of Elizabethan Seamen, 1580-1603

Author: Cheryl A. Fury

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: History

Page: 293

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When the British government late in Elizabeth's reign engaged in naval war with Spain, it began impressing seamen, blithely assuming the loyal subjects would play their assigned part in assuring the glory of the empire. It was wrong. Fury (British and European history, U. of New Brunswick and St. St

Of Beards and Men

The Revealing History of Facial Hair

Author: Christopher Oldstone-Moore

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 338

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Describes how throughout history men's facial hair has varied in response to changing ideals of masculinity.

Of Arms and Men

A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression

Author: Robert L. O'Connell

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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The appearance of the crossbow on the European battle field in A.D. 1100 as the weapon of choice for shooting down knights threatened the status quo of medieval chivalric fighting techniques. By 1139 the Church had intervened, outlawing the use of the crossbow among Christians. With this edict, arms control was born. As Robert L. O'Connell reveals in this vividly written history of weapons in Western culture, that first attempt at an arms control measure characterizes the complex and often paradoxical relationship between men and arms throughout the centuries. In a sweeping narrative that ranges from prehistoric times to the nuclear age, O'Connell demonstrates how social and economic conditions determine the types of weapons and the tactics used in warfare and how, in turn, innovations in weapons technology often undercut social values. He describes, for instance, how the invention of the gun required a redefinition of courage from aggressive ferocity to calmness under fire; and how the machine gun in World War I so overthrew traditional notions of combat that Lord Kitchener exclaimed, "This isn't war!" The technology unleashed during the Great War radically altered our perceptions of ourselves, as these new weapons made human qualities almost irrelevant in combat. With the invention of the atomic bomb, humanity itself became subservient to the weapons it had produced. Of Arms and Men brilliantly integrates the evolution of politics, weapons, strategy, and tactics into a coherent narrative, one spiced with striking portraits of men in combat and penetrating insights into why men go to war.

Reservoirs of men

a history of the Black troops of French West Africa

Author: Shelby Cullom Davis

Publisher: Greenwood Press


Category: History

Page: 205

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The Image of Man

The Creation of Modern Masculinity

Author: George L. Mosse

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: History

Page: 232

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What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be manly? How has our notion of masculinity changed over the years? In this book, noted historian George L. Mosse provides the first historical account of the masculine stereotype in modern Western culture, tracing the evolution of the idea of manliness to reveal how it came to embody physical beauty, courage, moral restraint, and a strong will. This stereotype, he finds, originated in the tumultuous changes of the eighteenth century, as Europe's dominant aristocrats grudgingly yielded to the rise of the professional, bureaucratic, and commercial middle classes. Mosse reveals how the new bourgeoisie, faced with a bewildering, rapidly industrialized world, latched onto the knightly ideal of chivalry. He also shows how the rise of universal conscription created a "soldierly man" as an ideal type. In bringing his examination up to the present, Mosse studies the key historical roles of the so-called "fairer sex" (women) and "unmanly men" (Jews and homosexuals) in defining and maintaining the male stereotype, and considers the possible erosion of that stereotype in our own time.

Builders of men

a history of the Minneapolis Young Men's Christian Association, 1866-1936

Author: Samuel Wirt Wiley




Page: 339

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