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Violence and Honor in Prerevolutionary Périgord - by Steven G. Reinhardt (Hardcover)

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Historians and scholars across other disciplines have long sought an explanation for why late medieval and early modern Europeans experienced elevated rates of violent crime, and for why society apparently tolerated such high levels of interpersonal violence. Most of our existing explanations focus on the macro level, looking at causes like the rise of the state or the concomitant cultural shift toward civility. In this study, author Steven G. Reinhardt utilizes a more micro-level, descriptive approach to examine the intersection of honor and violence in prerevolutionary France, in particular in the Périgord region between 1770 and 1790. Drawing on archival sources (such as interrogations, petitions, and inquests), Reinhardt vividly conveys the texture of ordinary people's everyday experiences.

Based on a sampling of criminal court cases from a region marginally integrated into the emerging capitalist economy, Violence and Honor in Prerevolutionary Périgord presents a series of extraordinarily rich narratives illustrating their subjects' understanding of the imperatives of the honor code. Combining careful scholarship with popular history, the book will interest historians of early modern Europe, legal scholars, and anthropologists of law, as well as students and general readers interested in the history of violence.

Steven G. Reinhardt is associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Number of Pages: 330
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: Changing Perspectives on Early Modern Europe
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Author: Steven G. Reinhardt
Language: English
Street Date: February 10, 2018
TCIN: 53829216
UPC: 9781580465830
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-0871
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