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America and the patterns of chivalry

Author: John Fraser
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1982.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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John Fraser explores a paradox about the USA: that a country dedicated to rationality, progress, equality and success has always had a strong attachment to the medieval ideas of nobility and chivalry and the high toned violence that goes with them. The strange consequences of this attachment spread deep into US history and politics: They were at the heart of the Civil War but also give a flavour to domestic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Fraser
ISBN: 0521241839 9780521241830
OCLC Number: 7552240
Description: x, 301 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. I. From Cavaliers to Cowboys: Chivalry in History and Imagination --
Introduction: Twain and the chivalry business --
Violence --
Fictiveness --
Fictions and forms --
The heroic and the pastoral --
Pt. II. Chivalric Patterns in Industrializing America --
Quality and Education --
Reform --
Radicalism --
Violence and Peace (I) --
Violence (II) --
Pt. III. Chivalry and Ethics --
Honor --
Intellect
Responsibility: John Fraser.
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