Friendship: A History

Friendship: A History

by Barbara Caine


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There has been an increasing interest in the meaning and importance of friendship in recent years, particularly in the West. However, the history of friendship, and the ways in which it has changed over time, have rarely been examined. Friendship: A History traces the development of friendship in Europe from the Hellenistic period to today. The book brings together a range of essays that examine the language of friendship and its significance in terms of ethics, social institutions, religious organizations and political alliances. The essays study the works of classical and contemporary authors to explore the role of friendship in Western philosophy. Ranging from renaissance friendships to Christian and secular friendships and from women’s writing to the role of class and sex in friendships, Friendship: A History will be invaluable to students and scholars of social history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845531966
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/08/2014
Series: Critical Histories Of Subjectivity And Culture Series
Pages: 436
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Barbara Caine is a Professor in the Department of History, University of Sydney, Australia

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction ix

1 The Classical Ideals of Friendship Dirk Baltzly Nick Eliopoulos 1

2 Cicero on Friendship Constant J. Mews 65

3 The Latin West Constant J. Mews Neville Chiavaroli 73

4 Renaissance Friendships: Traditional Truths, New and Dissenting Voices Carolyn James Bill Kent 111

5 From Christian Friendship to Secular Sentimentality: Enlightenment Re-evaluations David Garrioch 165

6 Taking up the Pen: Women and the Writing of Friendship Barbara Caine 215

7 Class, Sex and Friendship: The Long Nineteenth Century Marc Brodie Barbara Caine 223

8 New Worlds of friendship: The Early Twentieth Century Mark Peel 279

9 The Importance of Friends: The Most Recent Past Mark Peel Liz Reed James Walter 317

Bibliography 357

List of Contributors 401

Index 405

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