Politics of the Sword: Dueling, Honor, and Masculinity in Modern Italy

TitlePolitics of the Sword: Dueling, Honor, and Masculinity in Modern Italy
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsHughes, Steven C.
Number of Pages360
PublisherOhio State University Press
CityColumbus, United States
Abstract

Following its creation as a country in 1861, Italy experienced a wave of dueling that led commentators to bemoan a national “duellomania” evidenced by the sad spectacle of a duel a day. Pamphlets all communicated the passion of those who could not believe that a people supposedly just returned to the path of progress and civilization had wholeheartedly embraced such a “barbaric” custom. Yet these critics were consistently countered by sober-minded men of rank and influence who felt that the duel was necessary for the very health of the new nation. Steven C. Hughes argues that this extraordinary increase in chivalric combat occurred because the duel played an important role in the formation, consolidation, and functioning of united Italy. [AMAZON]

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