Econ Dept Seminars

University of Canterbury Course , Winter 2009 , Prof. John Fountain

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Seminars and public lectures presented in the Economics Department,School of Business and Eonomics.

Lecture 11: The Duel of Honour

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        Who said economic history isnt interesting? Doug Allen blends theory and history to analyze and explain the duel of honour "a highly ritualized violent activity practiced (mostly) by aristocrats from about 1500 to 1900. The duel of honor was held in private, was attended by seconds and other members of society, was illegal, and often resulted from trivial incidents. Duels were fought according to strict codes, their lethality fell over time, and certain members of society were not allowed to duel. Doug argues that dueling functioned as a screen for unobservable investments in social capital. Social capital was used during this period to support political transactions in an age when high civil service appointments were made through patronage. The screening hypothesis explains the puzzling features of the duel of honor, its rise and fall over time and locations, and the differences between European and American duels

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