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Author Hartman, Mary S., 1941-

Title The household and the making of history : a subversive view of the Western past / Mary S. Hartman
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004


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 MELB  306.8109 Har/Hat  AVAILABLE
Description xi, 297 pages ; 24 cm
Contents 1. How northwestern Europe was strange : marriage, households, and history -- 2. Marrying early and marrying late : divergent and parallel lives -- 3. The riddle of the western family pattern -- 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
Summary "This book argues that a unique late-marriage pattern, discovered in the 1960s but originating in the Middle Ages, explains the continuing puzzle of why western Europe was the site of changes that, from about 1500, gave birth to the modern world. Contrary to views that credit political and economic upheavals from the late eighteenth century for ushering in the contemporary global era, it contends that the roots of these and other modern developments themselves are located in an event taking place more than a millennium earlier, when the peasants in northwestern Europe began to marry their daughters almost as late as their sons. The appearance of this late-marriage system, with its unstable nuclear household form, is also shown to have exposed for the first time the common ingredients whose presence has perpetuated apparently universal beliefs in the importance of gender difference and of a sexual hierarchy favoring men."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Marriage -- Europe, Western -- History.
Households -- Europe, Western -- History.
Sex role -- Europe, Western -- History.
Marriage -- History.
Households -- History.
Sex role -- History.
Social history.
LC no. 2003061671
ISBN 0521829720 hb
0521536693 paperback
Other Titles Subversive view of the Western past