History of the Wife

ISBN-10: 0060931566

ISBN-13: 9780060931568

Edition: N/A

Authors: Marilyn Yalom
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Description: How did marriage, considered a religious duty in medieval Europe, become a venue for personal fulfillment in contemporary America? How did the notion of romantic love, a novelty in the Middle Ages, become a prerequisite for marriage today? And, if the original purpose of marriage was procreation, what exactly is the purpose of marriage for women now? Combining "a scholar's rigor and a storyteller's craft"(San Jose Mercury News), distinguished cultural historian Marilyn Yalom charts the evolution of marriage in the Judeo Christian world through the centuries and shows how radically our ideas about marriage have changed. For any woman who is, has been, or ever will be married, this intellectually vigorous and gripping historical analysis of marriage sheds new light on an institution most people take for granted, and that may, in fact, be experiencing its most convulsive upheaval since the Reformation.

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Is the Wife an Endangered Species?
Wives in the Ancient World: Biblical, Greek, and Roman Models
Wives in Medieval Europe, 1100-1500
Protestant Wives in Germany, England, and America, 1500-1700
Republican Wives in America and France
Victorian Wives on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Victorian Wives on the American Frontier
The Woman Question and the New Woman
Sex, Contraception, and Abortion in the United States, 1840-1940
Wives, War, and Work, 1940-1950
Toward the New Wife, 1950-2000
Notes
Credits and Permissions
Index
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