Marriage and Civilization: How Monogamy Made Us Human

Marriage and Civilization: How Monogamy Made Us Human

by William Tucker


View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


Marriage built civilization. Will its collapse lead to our downfall?

In Marriage and Civilization, Tucker takes readers on a journey through the history of the human race to demonstrate how a pattern of life-long, monogamous pairings has enabled humans to build modern civilization. Drawing extensively on biological, anthropological, and historical evidence, Tucker makes the case that marriage is not only a desirable institution for societies, it’s actually the bedrock of civilization.

Tucker also examines America (and the world)’s current marriage crisis, and the factors that have led to the decline of marriage, the dramatic rise of divorce, and the epidemic of single parenthood. He draws bold predictions about what could happen to American society of marriage collapses entirely, and he sketches out the threat from polygamous groups such as fundamental Muslim sects. Polygamy, Tucker argues, not only generates discontent and disorder within a society, but promotes violence against others. Monogamous marriage is vital not only to our domestic well-being, but our survival in the face of violent enemies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621572015
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 02/03/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

The list of Regnery authors reads like a "who's who" of conservative thought, action, and history.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Monogamy and Its Discontents 1

Part I The Search for Origins 9

Chapter 1 Where Did the Family Come From? 11

Chapter 2 The Primate Inheritance 21

Chapter 3 Chimp Sexual Communism 31

Chapter 4 The Alpha Couple and the Primal Horde 39

Part II The Emergence of Humanity 45

Chapter 5 Why We Didn't Remain Chimpanzees 47

Chapter 6 Hunter-Gatherer Monogamy 55

Chapter 7 The End of Hunter-Gatherer Monogamy 63

Chapter 8 Herding and Horticulture: The Two Roads to Polygamy 77

Part III The Ancient World 85

Chapter 9 Marriage at the Dawn of Civilization 87

Chapter 10 Egyptian and Hebrew Beginnings 95

Chapter 11 The Iliad and The Odyssey 103

Chapter 12 Greece and the Birth of Monogamous Society 111

Chapter 13 The Rape of Lucretia and the Founding of Rome 119

Chapter 14 Christianity, Droit du Seigneur, and the Virtuous Woman 127

Chapter 15 The French Revolution and the End of Aristocracy 133

Chapter 16 The Victorian Era and the Triumph of Marriage 143

Chapter 17 Mormonism: A Nineteenth Century Dissent from Monogamy 153

Part IV The Non-Western World 167

Chapter 18 Nomadic Warriors and Islam 169

Chapter 19 Marriage in India 181

Chapter 20 Marriage in China 193

Part V Modern Questions 203

Chapter 21 The Black Family and the Emergence of Single Motherhood 205

Chapter 22 What Is Happening to the Family Today? 215

Chapter 23 What Do Women Want? 235

Chapter 24 What Marriage Means for Civilization 235

Acknowledgments 239

Bibliography 243

Index 375

Customer Reviews