The Household and the Making of History: A Subversive View of the Western Past

The Household and the Making of History: A Subversive View of the Western Past

by Mary S. Hartman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521829720

ISBN-13: 9780521829724

Pub. Date: 03/31/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Contrary to previously-held views, this book argues that a unique late marriage pattern explains the continuing puzzle of why Western Europe was the site of changes that gave birth to the modern world. It contends that the roots of modern developments are located in history more than a millennium earlier, when the peasants in northwestern Europe began to marry

Overview

Contrary to previously-held views, this book argues that a unique late marriage pattern explains the continuing puzzle of why Western Europe was the site of changes that gave birth to the modern world. It contends that the roots of modern developments are located in history more than a millennium earlier, when the peasants in northwestern Europe began to marry their daughters almost as late as their sons. This phenomenon affords a more understandable account of items long considered as peculiar Western achievements, including the industrial revolution and mass democratic political movements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521829724
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2004
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

1. How Northwestern Europe was strange: marriage, household, and history; 2. Marrying early and marrying late: divergent and parallel lives; 3. The riddle of the 'Western family patterns'; 4. The women and men of Montaillou and Salem Village: patterns of gender and power; 5. Communities in crisis: heresy, witchcraft, and the sexes in Montaillou and Salem; 6. What men and women want; 7. Interpreting the Western past with the women and the households left in, 1500–1800; 8. The late marriage household, the sexes, and the modern world.

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