Fighting Words: Anger, Insult, and "Self-Help" in Early Modern German Law.

This paper examines changes in how early modern German burghers conceptualized the role of anger and provocation in cases of insult and defamation. Reflecting the wider culture's conflicted assessment of anger, considerable debate existed among urban magistrates as to whether anger could excuse...

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Published in:Journal of Social History Vol. 51; no. 2; pp. 272 - 293
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Published: Oxford University Press / USA, Winter2017
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