Untying the Knot: A Short History of Divorce

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Cambridge University Press, 1991 M06 28 - 261 páginas
The rapid spread of divorce since the 1960s has dramatically affected family life in Western society. Extensive research has been devoted to this recent period of change, and yet the long-term history of divorce has remained surprisingly obscure. Roderick Phillips, author of the highly acclaimed magisterial history of divorce, Putting Asunder, has now abridged his fascinating and wide-ranging study for a general readership. Encompassing religious and secular attitudes to divorce, the evolution of divorce laws, and changing responses to marriage breakdown, Untying the Knot offers a highly readable and thought-provoking history of the phenomenon, placed illuminatingly against a variety of social, economic, political and cultural backgrounds.
 

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Rather academic but readable history of divorce. I've always wondered why it's so easy to get married, and torturous to get divorced; as usual, the history explains it. The first couple of chapters ... Leer comentario completo

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Catholics and Protestants
1
Seventeenthcentury England and its American colonies
28
Secularization the Enlightenment and the French Revolution
47
Formal and informal divorce in early modern society
64
The meaning and context of marriage breakdown
93
The nineteenth century Liberalization and reaction
120
Divorce as a social issue 18501914
164
The twentieth century and the rise of mass divorce
185
Explaining the rise of divorce 1870s1990s
224
Conclusion
252
Index
257
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