MARRIAGE, A HISTORY: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered MarriageEditorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe
How the marriage institution has evolved, from primitive societies to the present.Coontz (Family Studies/Evergreen State) turns from scrutiny of the family (The Way We Really Are, 1997, etc.) to examination of marriage itself. With a host of examples, she considers the long-established system of marriages as they were arranged for economic, social and political advantage. These involved the input ... Read full review
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This is a wonderful & interesting read from the first chapter to the last. Coontz will completely destroy any preconceived notions about what you think marriage has been and instead give you just the facts. Allowing the reader to really examine their own bias and beliefs. Not only was it interesting from a historical context on marriage and family, but also very validating for those of us who don't always feel like we understand the institution of marriage in the 21st century. Everyone should read this book before they marry.