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The household and the making of history : a subversive view of the Western past

Author: Mary S Hartman
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book argues that a unique late-marriage pattern, discovered in the 1960s but originating in the Middle Ages, explains the continuing puzzle of why western Europe was the site of changes that, from about 1500, gave birth to the modern world. Contrary to views that credit political and economic upheavals from the late eighteenth century for ushering in the contemporary global era, it contends that the roots of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary S Hartman
ISBN: 0521829720 9780521829724 0521536693 9780521536691
OCLC Number: 52887089
Description: xi, 297 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: How northwestern Europe was strange : marriage, households, and history --
Marrying early and marrying late : divergent and parallel lives --
The riddle of the Western family pattern --
The women and men of Montaillou and Salem Village : patterns of gender and power --
Communities in crisis : heresy, witchcraft, and the sexes in Montaillou and Salem --
What men and women want --
Interpreting the Western past with the women and the households left in, 1500-1800 --
The late-marriage household, the sexes, and the modern world.
Responsibility: Mary S. Hartman.
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This book discusses the development of marriage and household systems in Western Europe.  Read more...

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