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Of beards and men : the revealing history of facial hair / Christopher Oldstone-Moore.

  • Oldstone-Moore, Christopher, 1962-
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About this work


"This fascinating and erudite history of facial hair cracks the masculine hair code, shedding light on the choices men make as they shape the hair on their faces. Oldstone-Moore adeptly lays to rest common misperceptions about beards and vividly illustrates the connection between grooming, identity, culture, and masculinity. To a surprising degree, we find, the history of men is written on their faces"


Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Physical description

338 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-328) and index.


Introduction: male-pattern history -- Why do men have beards? -- In the beginning -- The classic shave -- How Jesus got his beard -- The inner beard -- The beard Renaissance -- The shave of reason -- Beards of the romantic imagination -- Patriarchs of the industrial age -- Muscles and mustaches -- Corporate men of the twentieth century -- Hair on the left -- Postmodern men -- Conclusions.



  • English

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    History of Medicine
    Open shelves

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  • 9780226284002