Conduct literature
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1. Concept

The imprecise term “conduct literature” covers very different genres of texts, the common function of which is the regulation of individual behavior according to norms that were historically and socially subject to change. They ranged from nobles' mirrors and prince's mirrors, wisdom manuals, political manuals, political testaments, works in the tradition of Aristotle's Politics …

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Till, Dietmar, “Conduct literature”, 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 17 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016875>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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