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5.0 out of 5 stars An important perspective 1 Jun 2011
By France Kassing - Published on Amazon.com
A history of marriage takes us on an engaging romp through civilization's quest for a social construct which will contribute to growth while conforming to the mores of the day. Richly described examples taken from archives speak to the dedication of the author. I love historians who can paint such vivid images, don't you? It is also refreshing to see Canadian history alongside that of its bigger and more powerful neighbor. A History of Marriage provides an engaging, and ultimately hopeful, read. Through the centuries, the human race seems to have sought a greater equality which may ultimately prove to be our salvation. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain perspective in these ideologically polarized times.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Less historical than I had hoped for... 20 May 2014
By N. Perz - Published on Amazon.com
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...but still useful. I am interested in the issue of how/when marriage became transformed into a legal institution controlled by the State as opposed to a purely private/religious institution. This book wasn't especially helpful on that topic but was informative generally. I would recommend simply just because there doesn't seem to be much scholarly work out there on the history of marriage.

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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating 7 Jan 2014
By intrigued - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a very interesting reading about the broad history of marriage from antiquity to present. Abbott covers the social norms and concepts of marriage throughout the epochs and touches on a few issues relevant to marriage.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was searching for. 17 Nov 2013
By Gabrielle Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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Too technical. I wanted and expected more of the soul of the thing called marriage.
The soul of the thing called marriage.
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