Marital Violence: An English Family History, 1660-1857 by Elizabeth Foyster | 9780521834513 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Marital Violence: An English Family History, 1660-1857

Marital Violence: An English Family History, 1660-1857

by Elizabeth Foyster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521834511

ISBN-13: 9780521834513

Pub. Date: 03/19/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In a time before divorce was generally accepted and husbands assumed the right to beat their wives, Elizabeth Foyster examines the variety of ways in which men, women and children responded to marital violence. This issue raised central questions concerning the extent of men's authority over other family members, the limitations of women's property rights, and the

Overview

In a time before divorce was generally accepted and husbands assumed the right to beat their wives, Elizabeth Foyster examines the variety of ways in which men, women and children responded to marital violence. This issue raised central questions concerning the extent of men's authority over other family members, the limitations of women's property rights, and the problems of access to divorce and child custody. Although opinion about the legitimacy of marital violence continued to be divided, Foyster demonstrates that beliefs determinig intolerable or cruel behavior had changed significantly by the nineteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521834513
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/19/2006
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1. Rethinking the histories of violence; 2. Resisting violence; 3. Children and marital violence; 4. Beyond conjugal ties and spaces; 5. The origins of professional responses.

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