The Significance of the Family and Marriage in the Federal Republic of Germany

  • Rosemarie Nave-Herz


Before examining the central topic of this chapter, that of ‘the significance of the family and marriage in the Federal Republic of Germany’, it will be useful to make a few preliminary points. First, more specifically, I will be considering the issue of the evolution of the present significance of the family and marriage, even though I will be concerned less with the long-term and more with the ‘modern’ period beginning with the creation of the Federal Republic about 35 years ago. Accordingly, I will be making use of data I have collected as part of a research project designed to examine ‘changes in the family in the Federal Republic of Germany since the Second World War’.1


Federal Republic Modern Society Married Couple Divorce Rate Decline Birth Rate 
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© Paul Close 1989

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  • Rosemarie Nave-Herz

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