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How the Duel of Honor Attenuated VIolence and Promoted Civility in Western Europe

Center Guest Lecture at the Autzen House

Monday, March 10, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Center guest lecture by Robert Nye, Professor Emeritus of History, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, OSU

With the exception of Britain and North America after 1850 or so, the duel of honor flourished in Western Europe and its colonies from the sixteenth century until the second decade of the twentieth. Tens of thousands of men died or were brutally maimed in these affairs, but Robert Nye argues that the duel exerted a civilizing effect in the long run by facilitating social integration, contributing to the collective self-regulation of violence, and encouraging the integration of honor codes into important domains of civil law and social life.

 Reception to follow. 


Autzen House (campus map)
811 SW Jefferson Ave.
Corvallis
OR
Joy Futrell
1 541 737 2450
joy.futrell at oregonstate.edu
Center for the Humanities