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Aristocracy, crisis of

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Author(s): Graf, Klaus
The phrase crisis of the aristocracy represents a model of historical interpretation that undertakes to describe and explain critical phenomena affecting aristocratic society on the basis of socio-economic and ideological factors. In 1965 the English social historian Lawrence Stone introduced this concept to historical scholarship in his Crisis of the Aristocracy, 1558–1641, using the English aristocracy as an example. Since then historians have generally agreed that the hypothesis of a general crisis of the aristocracy is extremely problematic…
Date: 2019-03-20

Honor, noble

(787 words)

Author(s): Graf, Klaus
Date: 2019-03-20


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Author(s): Walther, Gerrit | Graf, Klaus
1. Concept and forms Ever since Hecataeus of Miletus collected genealogíai (“information about [noble] families”) in the 6th century BCE, the term ‘genealogy’ has denoted the art of ascertaining the place of a subject within his or her biological kin (Latin genus or  gens), or of reconstructing and portraying the succession of generations within a family. The genealogical perspective may be the world's oldest and most widespread method for determining the class (Estates of the realm) and rank of a person in society and for recalling, recording, and presenting the past.In the e…
Date: 2019-03-20