Honor Codes in Modern France.

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Historians have traditionally considered codes of honor as creations of the old regime that did not prosper in modern industrialized society, surviving, at best, as cultural anachronisms in a vestigial aristocracy. Anthropologists, on the other hand, have found ample evidence of honor cultures in contemporary Mediterranean societies, which suggests some continuity with the old regime. This paper investigates the historical transmission of codes of honor from noble to bourgeois culture in the form of the point d'honneur governing the dueI. This feature of male honorability lourished in France at least until World War One.

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Nye, R. A., (1990) “Honor Codes in Modern France.”, Ethnologia Europaea 21(1), p.5-17. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1278

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Robert A. Nye (The University of Oklahoma)

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