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"Forth's ambitious panoramic history of western masculinity is sweepingly broad, yet Forth has a keen eye for the revealing detail. With an analysis as sharp as his style is clear and erudite, Forth's reach never exceeds his grasp. This is a most impressive work!" —Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology and editor of Men and Masculinities

"Christopher Forth's survey of masculinity in the West is the first historical synthesis of the rich literature in this field. He puts familiar materials together in surprising new ways and presents readers with some highly original and provocative interpretations that will prove to be important contributions to gender studies and cultural history. The wit and deftness of Forth's style and his well-chosen examples make it a sheer delight to read." —Robert A. Nye, Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History Emeritus, Oregon State University 
"Christopher E. Forth's superb synthesis on masculinity in the modern West is a timely and original publication, with the broadest of appeal. It is, however, of specific relevance to historians of medicine and science in society, and will prove an invaluable text in those fields. This is an indispensable and highly engaging book, which will be valued for many years to come." —Sean Brady, Social History of Medicine

"A fascinating meditation on the diverse ways that predictions about the collapse of masculinity have been narrated in the past." —Joanna Bourke, Medical History
"Forth has produced both a truly successful, and wonderfully well-written, synthesis of the rich literature on modern masculinity, and a probing, gendered recasting of Elias's civilizing process. It provides abundant insights not only into the history of gender, but also the histories of the body, war, sexuality and diet. This breadth, combined with methodological sophistication, deserves to bring this book a truly wide readership." —Chris Otter, The Ohio State University

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER E. FORTH is the Howard Professor of Humanities & Western Civilization at the University of Kansas. His books include Zarathustra in Paris: The Nietzsche Vogue in France, 1891-1918, The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood, and (co-edited with Bertrand Taithe) French Masculinities: History, Politics and Culture.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (November 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403912416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403912411
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,609,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Neely on December 19, 2009
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This book is suggested for readers who are experienced in the study of Masculinities. I had to put the book down a few times to absorb what was being read. It's not an easy read, but you will gain some information that may help you
understand men. I would suggest you borrow a copy of this from a friend or library before purchasing it. Mine will end up in the bookcase. I didn't even bother reading the last couple of chapters out of sheer boredom from the context of the book.
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