The book by German historian Winfried Speitkamp deals with the emergence and development of the concept of honor from classical times to the present. Based on an analysis of varying concepts of honor and types of conflicts over honor in different cultures, the book seeks to draw larger conclusions about the transcultural character of honor. The author examines in detail the connection between concepts of honor and statehood and law. He shows that the concept of honor, while being variable in content, remains a social constant that has not lost its significance in the present-day world.