A New Approach to the History of Violence: Sexual Assault by Francisca Loetz, Rosemary Selle

By Francisca Loetz, Rosemary Selle

In past times, ancient study has handled violence quite often just about conflict, homicide or bloodbath. Francisca Loetz argues for a brand new, complementary method of historical past of violence as an interpersonal type of social motion skilled as unacceptable habit and aiming to subjugate the sufferer in way of life. reading circumstances of what the resources name "sexual attack" and "sexual abuse" within the urban kingdom of Zurich among 1500 and 1850, Loetz discusses basic methodological difficulties resembling: how can violence be outlined as an idea? What makes violence what it really is in a given society? Why is early glossy "sexual attack" and "sexual abuse" now not resembling smooth rape and abuse? How does Zurich evaluate with pre-modern Europe?

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A New Approach to the History of Violence: Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse in Europe 1500-1850

In the past, ancient learn has handled violence typically almost about battle, homicide or bloodbath. Francisca Loetz argues for a brand new, complementary method of background of violence as an interpersonal kind of social motion skilled as unacceptable habit and aiming to subjugate the sufferer in way of life.

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The judicial system in the Helvetic, Mediation and Restauration eras is not yet researched for Zurich. 33 After being attacked by a stranger who attempted to “sexually assault” her “out on the road” on the evening of February 6, Walder managed to fight off her assailant and escape with the help of Heinrich Meyer. She was badly injured and had to spend the night in Meyer’s home. On February 14, evidently at Walder’s request, Meyer reported the incident to the village mayor. That same day Konrad Wild, who in the night of February 6 had attempted to get into several women’s bedrooms through the window, asked Meyer for an alibi.

Hans Hägeler stated that, hearing screams from Barbara Utzinger, he had seen Jacob Amman running away from the scene with his trousers open. He and some other men had chased Amman, caught up with him and taken him to task at the inn for his assault on Barbara Utzinger. 64 The men had refused Hägeler’s offer but had not shown the least surprise or any indignation at his suggestion. Such offers to “pay off” an offense must have been expected and acceptable, provided they were regarded as proportionate to the offense.

30 CHAPTER 2 here, since most court records give no indication whether and in which cases the sexual contacts involved violence. This brings us to the fundamental methodological question of how modern categories can capture past social realities. The solution I propose here is a conventional one. Either I adopt the source terms in order to draw attention to the otherness of how sources are understood, or I apply modern terms to the sources, having first defined these terms to make them compatible with the sources.

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