Renaissance Military Memoirs

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  • Copyright: 2004-10-01
  • Publisher: Boydell Pr
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This is a study of autobiographical writings of Renaissance soldiers. It outlines the ways in which they reflect Renaissance cultural, political and historical consciousness, with a particular focus on conceptions of war, history, selfhood and identity. A vivid picture of Renaissance military life and military mentality emerges, which sheds light on the attitude of Renaissance soldiers both towards contemporary historical developments such as the rise of the modern state, and towards such issues as comradeship, women, honor, violence, and death. Comparison with similar medieval and twentieth-century material highlights the differences in the Renaissance soldier's understanding of war and of human experience.

Author Biography

Yuval Noah Harari is currently teaching in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

Memoirists as eyewitnesses and individuals
Preliminary enquiry : the appearance of authors of protagonistsp. 25
Truth and eyewitnessingp. 27
Individualismp. 43
The reality of renaissance military memoirs
The experience of warp. 67
War as a phenomenon and an imagep. 90
Tangibility and abstractionp. 105
Things worthy of remembrance
Commemorationp. 111
Causalityp. 121
Effacing the difference between history and lifestoryp. 152
The politics of renaissance military memoirs
Noble independence and the politics of causalityp. 159
The politics of exclusionp. 175
Were renaissance military memoirs a novel phenomenon?p. 187
The memoiristsp. 196
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