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Men's associations
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1. Introduction

Spontaneous coalitions of men are attested in all cultures and all historical periods since antiquity. A men’s association might contain all the men in a particular society or be open only to a selected few as a secret society. During the Middle Ages and early modern period, those forming leagues and associations included religious and chivalric orders (Knight), religious fraternities, guilds, and occupational and interest groups, such as c…

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Gareis, Iris, “Men's associations”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023670>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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