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Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage

Key insights from Stephanie Coontz's

Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage


Key insights from Stephanie Coontz's

Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage

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Put a ring on it and learn about the history of marriage.

<p>Marriage is one of the defining structures of human societies, yet marriage itself is hard to define. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn how marriage transformed from a practical consideration into the identity-encompassing institution it is today.</p><br>

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  • Have reservations about marriage
  • Like learning about women’s history
  • Are curious about where marriage has been in the past and where it might go in the future
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Introduction

It should be surprising when cultural critics yearn for a return to “traditional” marriage, by which they often mean “male-breadwinner” marriage. This type of traditional marriage was not actually the historical norm. In fact, it was rare through most of human history for marriage to be as involved, all-encompassing, and demanding of physical and emotional intimacy as it was in the halcyon days of the 1950s.

For most of human history, marriage has had very little to do with love. If a married couple developed love or tenderness over time, it was seen as a benefit, but only very...

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