Public Life in Renaissance Florence. Here we have an example of a thesis within a thesis. Trexler argues that public ritual is the key to understanding Florentine society. More important, though, is his assumption that Florence, the aberrant republic, feels a need to justify itself.
Short pages but packed, pungent and profound, this was just what I wanted. The question is this — we know that great improvements in human behavior have been made over the centuries, just as we know great crimes and follies continue to be committed.
How were the moral changes made? Why did some people decide to abandon the evil customs of centuries and become better human beings? Why would they do that? Professor Appiah chooses three very interesting examples of where things really got better for human beings. The first one is probably now regarded as peculiar and almost amusing, rather than a great crime — duelling.
The second will make you feel very sick if you spend more than 30 seconds thinking about it: The third is the most famous: These were three successful moral revolutions — the good guys won.
He concludes with a fourth example which is contemporary — the battle is still in doubt here: DUELLING You remember the opening scenes of Romeo and Juliet and the general gang war between the Bloods and the Crips — the duel, with all its precise elaborate rituals and rules, was invented to replace all that mayhem.
Instead of the honour of one family, or gang, being only satisfied after 30 people lay dead in the streets, the individual who perceived himself to be disrespected challenged the disrespecter to mortal combat, usually at dawn, with swords or, later, pistols. Book review honor and slavery guidelines the 9th century popes were denouncing duels as unchristian.
It took another thousand years for duels to finally peter out in Britain. Duels were an aristocratic thing, and strictly male. Whoever heard of two women duelling? That would never do — what would Jane Austen have said?
And really, they were always incomprehensible. If you insult my honour by saying that I had sex with a wombat and I always smell of garlic, and I challenge you to a duel, and I shoot you dead, does that now prove that I never had sex with a wombat and never smell of garlic?
An 18th century writer put it like this: If having seized a man who has murdered my wife, I should carry him before a tribunal, and demand justice, what would we think of the judge, if he should order that the criminal and I should cast lots which of us should be hanged.
The deaths which happened during duels were always technically murder, but because the authorities shared the same honour system as the duelers, these were never prosecuted. A writ would be issued, the surviving duelist would bugger off to France for a few months, and the matter would be forgotten.
How duelling declined was amusing - it became popular with the middle classes. When the lords and dukes noticed that drapers and hauliers and bottletop manufacturers were duelling to protect their honour, they concluded that duelling was no longer honourable.
By the late 13th century: Families which claimed aristocratic lineage came to feel compelled to bind the feet of their girls…as a visible sign of upper-class distinction The meaning was clear: The tiny bound read: Men came to long for small-footed women; and this painful practice was made bearable to women — as they endured it themselves, and as they witnessed the pain of daughters, nieces and granddaughters — by the conviction that their tiny feet were simply beautiful.
This conviction is hard to share if you look at the pictures of the bare foot freed from its bindings… but we have to remember that this was not what most people saw. Foot binding continued for centuries until the invasion of China by Western countries in the 19th century.
China had assumed it was the most civilized and advanced country on earth, but had to acknowledge - after the persuasive arguments of naval bombardment - that in many respects it was now lagging behind, and needed urgent modernization.
It became known to the Chinese intelligentsia that foot binding was something which the outside world considered to be brutal, degrading, and dishonourable to China itself. That which inside China was a mark of honour was outside China the very reverse.
The campaign had a clever strategy: The question was how to mobilise these arguments. There were two parts to the abolition movement in Britain — first, to abolish the slave trade.
This was done by act of parliament in Additional Book Review Guidelines (The Souls of Black Folk) Please, start your book review assignment by reading the Book/Article Review Guidelines on page 9 of the Course Syllabus.
These guidelines are supplementary to the one in the syllabus as this one only helps with content matters. 1.
As you work on this assignment, your discussion should be informed and framed by the focus of this class. A Guide to Writing Book Reviews I. Introduction. What's the point of this assignment? we hunted down reviews by looking in either the The Book Review Digest, (Eventually Florence would feel secure enough to honor thus the Medici, one of her own).
Finally, during crisis the city's rituals reflected the unease of the populace; many groups. I hope that I have established enough associations to have created an elementary primer of the language of honor, says Greenberg, a Suffolk University professor of history and author of Masters an.
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