For better, for worse: British marriages, 1600 to the present

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Oxford University Press, 1988 - Family & Relationships - 432 pages
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The history of marriage is commonly thought of as an evolution from cold, impersonal arrangements to new, more affectionate and egalitarian forms of conjugality. For Better, For Worse, the most comprehensive treatment to date of the history of marriage in a major Western society, presents a radically different perspective on both past and present marriages. Using fresh evidence from popular courtship and wedding rites since the 17th century, John Gillis argues that love was never wholly absent in the past and that the passage of time has by no means produced a perfect conjugality today.

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Noted social historian Gillis calls his richly detailed and meticulously researched study a "historical anthropology'' because he focuses on the role marriage and its rituals have played in the life ... Read full review


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John R. Gillis is Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author of "For Better, For Worse: British Marriages, 1600 to the Present".

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