A History of Marriage

A History of Marriage

From Same Sex Unions to Private Vows and Common Law, the Surprising Diversity of A Tradition

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What does the "tradition of marriage" really look like? In A History of Marriage, Elizabeth Abbott paints an often surprising picture of this most public, yet most intimate, institution. Ritual of romance, or social obligation? Eternal bliss, or cult of domesticity? Abbott reveals a complex tradition that includes same-sex unions, arranged marriages, dowries, self-marriages, and child brides. Marriage--in all its loving, unloving, decadent, and impoverished manifestations--is revealed here through Abbott's infectious curiosity.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, 2011
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781609800888
Branch Call Number: 306.8109 Ab26H 2011
Characteristics: xii, 460 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Hnath's Nora would be surprised to learn that the institution of marriage has persisted to this day, although it has evolved in many ways. In this comprehensive history, Abbott unpacks all the baggage.

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