I Don't: A Contrarian History of Marriage

By Susan Squire

A provocative survey of marriage and what it has intended for society, politics, faith, and the home.
For 10000 years, marriage―and the belief of marriage―has been on the very starting place of human society. during this provocative and bold publication, Susan Squire unravels the turbulent background and lots of implications of our most elementary establishment. beginning with the invention, lengthy sooner than recorded time, that intercourse results in paternity (and for that reason to couplehood), and prime as much as the sunrise of the fashionable "love marriage," Squire delves into the various methods women and men have come jointly and what the kingdom in their unions has intended for heritage, society, and politics – particularly the politics of the home.
This e-book is the fabricated from 13 years of excessive examine, yet much more than the highbrow scope, what units it aside is Squire's voice and contrarian boldness. realized, acerbic, opinionated, and humorous, she attracts on every little thing from Sumerian mythology to Renaissance theater to Victorian housewives' manuals (sometimes all while) to create a shiny, kaleidoscopic view of the numerous issues marriage has been and intended. the result's a booklet to impress and fascinate readers of all ideological stripes: feminists, traditionalists, conservatives, and progressives alike.

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