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Monday, April 14, 2008

Marriage: An Evolving Institution

Marrying for love -- and expecting fidelity -- are both relatively new developments.

"In ancient India, falling in love before marriage was seen as a disruptive, almost antisocial act. The Greeks thought lovesickness was a type of insanity, a view that was adopted by medieval commentators in Europe. . . . In China, excessive love between husband and wife was seen as a threat to the solidarity of the extended family."

SOURCE: Stephanie Coontz, "Marriage, a History"


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