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Men's associations
(901 words)

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 gr…

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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 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023670>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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