The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Political Culture in Europe

Editors: Fletcher, C., Brady, S., Moss, R.E., Riall, L. (Eds.)

  • Examines how, in different periods throughout history, gendered concepts and practices have interacted with political authority
  • Provides a variety of case studies, ranging from ancient Rome to the contemporary West
  • Brings together a wide range of scholars at the forefront of current historical research in this area
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This handbook aims to challenge ‘gender blindness’ in the historical study of high politics, power, authority and government, by bringing together a group of scholars at the forefront of current historical research into the relationship between masculinity and political power.  Until very recently in historical terms, formal political authority in Europe was normally and ideally held by adult males, with female power being perceived as a recurrent aberration. Yet paradoxically the study of the interactions between masculinity and political culture is still very much in its infancy. This volume seeks to remedy this lacuna by considering the different consequences of the masculinity of power over two millennia of European history. It examines how masculinity and political culture have interacted from ancient Rome and the early medieval Byzantine empire, to twentieth-century Germany and Italy. It considers a broad variety of case studies from early medieval Iceland and late medieval France, to Naples at the time of the French Revolution and Strasbourg after the Franco-Prussian War, with a particular focus on the development of political masculinities in Great Britain between the sixteenth century and the present day.

About the authors

Christopher Fletcher is a chargé de recherche (Assistant Research Professor) in the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) affiliated to the University of Lille, France. His previous publications include Richard II: Manhood, Youth and Politics, 1377-99 (2008) and Government and Political Life in England and France, c. 1300-c.1500 (2015).
Sean Brady is Lecturer in Modern British and Irish History at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. His research interest focuses on gender, sexuality, politics and religion in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain and Ireland. His publications include What is Masculinity? Historical Dynamics from Antiquity to the Contemporary World (Palgrave, 2011), co-edited with John H. Arnold. 

Rachel E. Moss is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford, UK. Her current research project is on late medieval homosociality, and she is the author of Fatherhood and its Representations in Middle English Texts (2013). 

Lucy Riall is Professor of the Comparative History of Europe at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her publications include Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero (2007), Under the Volcano: Revolution in a Sicilian Town (2013) and (edited with Valeria Babini and Chiara Beccalossi), Italian Sexualities Uncovered, 1789-1914 (Palgrave, 2015).

Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Introduction: Masculinity and Politik

    Fletcher, Christopher

    Pages 1-16

  • Power, Authority and Phallic Representations in Ancient Roman Society

    Dumas, Cyril

    Pages 17-35

  • Between Bishops and Barbarians: The Rulers of the Later Roman Empire

    Kuefler, Mathew

    Pages 37-62

  • The Rise and Fall of the High Chamberlain Eutropius: Eunuch Identity, the Third Sex and Power in Fourth-Century Byzantium

    Sidéris, Georges

    Pages 63-84

  • Virile Women and Effeminate Men: Gendered Judgements and the Exercise of Power in the Ottonian Empire c. 1000 ce

    Leleu, Laurence

    Pages 85-104

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eBook $159.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58537-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Political Culture in Europe
Editors
  • Christopher Fletcher
  • Sean Brady
  • Rachel E. Moss
  • Lucy Riall
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58538-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58538-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58537-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 465
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations
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