A fascinating study of the rapid spread of divorce and its affect on family life in Western society.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Catholics and protestants; 2. Seventeenth-century England and its American colonies; 3. Secularisation, enlightenment, and the French revolution; 4. Formal and informal divorce in early modern society; 5. The meaning and context of marriage breakdown; 6. The nineteenth century: liberalisation and reaction; 7. Divorce as a social issue, 1850-1914; 8. Twentieth century and the rise of mass divorce; 9. Explaining the rise of divorce, 1870-1990; Conclusion.
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