"This is not the book I thought I was going to write," Coontz admits. She intended to show that marriage was not in crisis; merely changing in expected ways. But her exhaustive research suggested the opposite was true. Tracing matrimonys path from ancient times (when some cultures lacked a word for "love" and the majority of pairings were attempts to seize land or family names) through present day, she closely examines the many external forces at play in shaping modern marriage. Coontz details how societys attempts to toughen this institution, have actually made it more fragile. Her rich talent for analyzing events, statistics, and theories from a myriad of sourcesand enabling the reader to put them all in perspectivemake this provocative history book an essential resource.--Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a well researched book and readable to boot.
Historian Stephanie Coontz has widely researched the historical and anthropological record to create a picture of past marriages as they compare to the modern variety.
The marriage partnership is viewed as the single most important relationship a modern individual can experience.
This is just silly, ignorant book. I don't know how Coontz can call herself a "historian" - she seems to have got her ideas of history from comic-strips. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Lenore
A real page turner, as sociology books go. This was a fascinating overview of the history of marriage with an emphasis on how marriage evolved in western Europe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Angela Clayton
This is a first-rate history book. As others have pointed out, it's not merely about marriage. I read almost the entire book which is very rare for me.Published 4 months ago by NN09
Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage
by Stephanie Coontz
Contemporary American philosopher John Searle divides the objective world into two categories:... Read more
Almost two years ago I read this book after seeing it mentioned in numerous articles. It was perhaps the most informative book on the subject written so far. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chandler Adams
While one might expect this book to cover topics like the evolution of the concepts of love, romanticism, sexuality, and yes, the economics of marriages (and especially arranged... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Waldir Pimenta
This book gives a great lesson in the role that marriage, or the union between men and women, has played in society throughout human history, from all the way back to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Reviewer