'Honourable Men' – West German heavy industrialists and the role of honour and honour courts in the Adenauer Era

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title = "'Honourable Men' – West German heavy industrialists and the role of honour and honour courts in the Adenauer Era",
abstract = "This article argues that traditional conceptions of honour and the social practices based on them were both persistent yet at the same time very fragile and changeable amongst post-war German steel industrialists. After a brief overview of how bourgeois honour developed up to the early 1950s, a study of the honour court case of one of the leading men of heavy industry, Hermann Reusch of Gutehoffnungsh{\"u}tte, which ran from 1947 to 1949, will be presented. This is followed by a description of the ultimately unsuccessful attempt by the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Eisen und Stahl to establish honour councils to enforce a price policy across the association. Both cases highlight the rapidly changing social and economic culture in West Germany in the early 1960s.",
author = "Armin Grunbacher",
year = "2013",
month = "5",
doi = "10.1017/S0960777313000064",
language = "English",
volume = "22",
pages = "232--252",
journal = "Contemporary European History",
issn = "0960-7773",
publisher = "Cambridge University Press",
number = "2",

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