Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage

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Penguin, Feb 28, 2006 - History - 448 pages
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Just when the clamor over "traditional" marriage couldn’t get any louder, along comes this groundbreaking book to ask, "What tradition?" In Marriage, a History, historian and marriage expert Stephanie Coontz takes readers from the marital intrigues of ancient Babylon to the torments of Victorian lovers to demonstrate how recent the idea of marrying for love is—and how absurd it would have seemed to most of our ancestors. It was when marriage moved into the emotional sphere in the nineteenth century, she argues, that it suffered as an institution just as it began to thrive as a personal relationship. This enlightening and hugely entertaining book brings intelligence, perspective, and wit to today’s marital debate.
 

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User Review  - abbeyhar - LibraryThing

ok, i read approximately 15% of this book and got the jist: marriages throughout cultures and history have common threads, but all are actually very different from each other, and our modern ... Read full review

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User Review  - abbeyhar - LibraryThing

ok, i read approximately 15% of this book and got the jist: marriages throughout cultures and history have common threads, but all are actually very different from each other, and our modern ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
The Radical Idea of Marrying for Love
The Invention of Marriage
Soap Operas of the Ancient World
The Marital Legacy of the Classical World
Aristocratic Marriages
Marriage Among the Common
Western European Marriage
Beneath the Surface of Victorian
From
Marriage in the Great
The Long Decade of Traditional
Part Four Courting Disaster? The Collapse of Universal
The Transformation of Marriage at the
How the Transformation of Marriage
Conclusion

Emergence of the Love Match
Sentimental Marriage

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Stephanie Coontz is the Director of Research and Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families and teaches history and family studies at The Evergeen State College in Olympia, Washington. She divides her time between Makaha, Hawaii, and Washington. The author of the award-winning The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap, she writes about marriage and family issues in many national journals including The Washington Post, Harper’s, Chicago Tribune, and Vogue. Her work has been translated into Japanese, German, French, and Spanish.

On the web:†http://www.stephaniecoontz.com

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