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"Elizabeth Abbott has penned a masterpiece...a wide-ranging account of how the social intersects with many forms of the personal."—Ahmad Saidullah, author of Happiness and Other Disorders

"Deftly shows how this always fragile, yet always resilient institution has evolved. It's not always a pretty picture but it's a fascinating one."—Judith Timson, author of Family Matters

"No thoughtful person—married, celibate, unfaithful or otherwise—should be without this book."—Mark Kingwell, author of The World We Want

"This book is like taking a centuries-long, world-wide trip down a petal-strewn aisle, and I loved it. If you enjoy a good wedding, are first in line to dance The Hora, or you've divorced yourself from boring reads, then find A History of Marriage."—Long Island Pulse

"[A History of Marriage] weaves stories and facts in a kind of loosely fluid narrative that makes pleasant reading. The author has a flair for sweetening the facts with her palatable style."—Kirkus


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About the Author

Born in Montreal in 1942, ELIZABETH ABBOTT is a writer, lecturer and historian whose interests range across women's issues, social justice, the humane treatment of animals, and the environment. She holds a doctorate from McGill University in 19th century history. With the 2010 publication of A History of Marriage, Abbott completed her trilogy about human relationships, which includes the previous titles A History of Celibacy and A History of Mistresses. Abbott is also the author of several books and articles on the culture and politics of Haiti. Sugar: A Bittersweet History, inspired by her Antiguan heritage, was short-listed for the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Abbott has lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and now resides in Toronto.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609800885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609800888
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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...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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A fun book with a few good to know facts scattered about.
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