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The feud in early modern Germany /
Hillay Zmora.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
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xiv, 211 p.
ISBN
0521112516 (cloth), 9780521112512 (cloth)
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
isbn
0521112516 (cloth)
9780521112512 (cloth)
contents note
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: the struggle over the feud in early modern Germany; 2. The rules of the game; 3. Values and violence: the morals of feuding; 4. The wages of success: reproduction and the proliferation of conflicts; 5. Enemies of the state? Feuding nobles, ruling princes, and the struggle for mastery in early modern Germany; 6. The politics of civility: the decay of the feud.
abstract
"The practice of feuding amongst noblemen and princes represented a substantial threat to law and order, yet it was widely accepted and deeply embedded in late medieval and early modern German society. Hillay Zmora offers a new interpretation of this violent social practice, which has long confounded historians and social scientists. His groundbreaking study explains feud violence in its social context, demonstrating that, paradoxically, nobles feuded mostly not against strangers but with neighbours, relatives and their feudal lords. Focusing on the ambivalent relationships and symbolic communication between nobles, this study explores how values, norms and moral sentiments linked to reciprocity provided the most powerful incentives to engage in violent conflict. It will be essential reading for historians, anthropologists, psychologists and anyone who seeks to understand the link between culture, moral systems and endemic violence"--
catalogue key
7677514
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-208) and index.
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"...a new milestone in scholarship on noble feuds in early modern Germany." -Jeppe BuChert Netterstr├śm, Renaissance Quarterly
"...a new milestone in scholarship on noble feuds in early modern Germany." -Jeppe BuChert Netterstrm, Renaissance Quarterly
"...concise and lucid..." -Stuart Carroll, H-HRE
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The practice of feuding amongst noblemen & princes represented a substantial threat to law & order, yet it was widely accepted in early modern Germany. Examining feud violence in its social context, this study demonstrates that, paradoxically, nobles feuded mostly not against strangers but with neighbours, relatives & feudal lords.
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The practice of feuding amongst noblemen and princes represented a substantial threat to law and order, yet it was widely accepted in early modern Germany. Examining feud violence in its social context, this study demonstrates that, paradoxically, nobles feuded mostly not against strangers but with neighbours, relatives and feudal lords.
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The practice of feuding amongst noblemen and princes represented a substantial threat to law and order, yet it was widely accepted and deeply embedded in late medieval and early modern German society. Hillay Zmora offers a new interpretation of this violent social practice, which has long confounded historians and social scientists. His ground-breaking study explains feud violence in its social context, demonstrating that, paradoxically, nobles feuded mostly not against strangers but with neighbours, relatives and their feudal lords. Focusing on the ambivalent relationships and symbolic communication between nobles, this study explores how values, norms and moral sentiments linked to reciprocity provided the most powerful incentives to engage in violent conflict. It will be essential reading for historians, anthropologists, psychologists and anyone who seeks to understand the link between culture, moral systems and endemic violence.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. vi
List of maps and figuresp. viii
List of tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xiv
Introduction: the struggle over the feud in early modern Germanyp. 1
The rules of the gamep. 29
Values and violence: the morals of feudingp. 47
The wages of success: reproduction and the proliferation of conflictsp. 77
Enemies of the state? Feuding nobles, ruling princes and the struggle for mastery in early modern Germanyp. 112
The politics of civility: the decay of the feudp. 148
Appendix: Noble feuds in Franconia in chronological order, 1440├╣1570p. 169
Select bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 209
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