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The Image of Man: The Creation of Modern Masculinity

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What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be manly? How has our notion of masculinity changed over the years? In this book, noted historian George L. Mosse provides the first historical account of the masculine stereotype in modern Western culture, tracing the evolution of the idea of manliness to reveal how it came to embody physical beauty, courage, moral restr ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 8th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1996)
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Miriam
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Shelves: gender, non-fiction, ideas
Mosse examines the roles of factors such as athletics, medicine, social and religious institutions, et al in the construction of masculine identity, and how that normative or stereotypical identity influenced the social, political, and cultural landscape of modern Europe. He also considers the role of institutions in perpetuating gender stereotypes and linking them to the well-being of the nations and social classes.

The idea of masculinity did not change markedly between the French Revolution a
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Anna
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anna by: Nathan
Although there were several parts that were thoroughly interesting, as a whole ‘The Image of Man’ was somewhat unsatisfactory. Given its short length, the amount of detail that could possibly be included was limited. Consequently, there was a generality to it that I found disappointing. Mosse claims that the basic stereotype of masculinity in Western Europe changed very little between the late 18th century and the mid 20th. To my mind, this can only be considered true if said stereotype is only ...more
Michael
Jun 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historians, Students, Feminists
Recommended to Michael by: Karen Hagemann
George L. Mosse was one of the most important German historians of his generation. As a Jewish homosexual emigre and survivor of the Third Reich, he was critical to the re-thinking and nuancing of the understanding of National Socialism and the Holocaust that took place beginning in the mid-1960s. The journal he founded with Walter Laqueur, _The Journal of Contemporary History_, has become established as one of the most important locations for debate on twentieth-century History.

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Katie
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Apparently, European society (especially the Germans) loves them some buff and level-headed men. Seriously though, was I supposed to get more out of this book? I must have missed something. Mosse has much better work.
Burcu
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This is not just an historical excursion on the establishment of masculinity in Europe, but a history of Europe through masculinity. It is a good work the start with, if you're interested in masculinity studies.
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A very interesting look at the creation of masculinity throughout European history. Presents itself with some select highlights of masculine alterations and lets you figure out the rest on your own.
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German-born American social and cultural historian.

Mosse authored 25 books on a variety of fields, from English constitutional law, Lutheran theology, to the history of fascism, Jewish history, and the history of masculinity.

He was perhaps best-known for his books and articles that redefined the discussion and interpretation of Nazism.
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