Joan Tumblety

in Remaking the Male Body

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695577
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745072 | DOI:

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The short concluding remarks reiterate the interconnected themes that run thoughout the entire book — how a model of athletic muscular masculinity was shared across a very wide public, functioning as a veritable cult of virility that was deployed in arguments about a biologized national decline and the prospect of its reversal. It stresses that at least some of these connections survived the Liberation, and that their association with both Vichy and fascism should not lead us to reduce them to this connection with the radical right. The conclusion instead locates them in a set of transnational patterns of thinking that were firmly rooted across a broad constituency in 1920s and 1930s France.

Keywords: Vichy; liberation; fascism; cult of virility; physical culture

Chapter.  2922 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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