A History of Marriage

A History of Marriage

Book - 2010
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A History of Marriage is a fascinating exploration of how marriage developed, and in light of the forces that continue to shape it, how marriage is likely to look in the future. Elizabeth Abbott, who made celibacy sexy in her acclaimed book A History of Celibacy , offers an absorbing blend of information and explanation. Real-life experiences are presented in their wider historical context: What were a couple's alternatives to staying together? What were the longevity rates and how long was the average marriage until death ended it? What were the differences between the experiences of wealthier and poorer spouses? In a provocative and lively style, Abbott puts a human face on marriage as she explores its nature in the context of love, sex, loyalty, childrearing, shared finances, and social recognition.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, c2010.
ISBN: 9780143017141
Branch Call Number: 306.8109 A131
Characteristics: xii, 460 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.


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With a combination of general and personal history, Elizabeth Abbott explores how marriage developed and how it is continually shaped by culture, economics, politics, and religion.

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May 10, 2015

Well researched and nicely written, this book is a good reminder that 'nothing is set in stone." - in other words, that marriage was, is and may be in the future, a changing, evolving and developing construct blown hither and yon by political exigencies, personal dilemmas and sometimes religious fervour.

debwalker Nov 07, 2010

Shortlisted for the 2010 Governor General's Award for nonfiction.

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