Marriage: Whence and Whither?

  • David R. Mace


Man, having practiced marriage for at least a million years, has seriously studied it for less than a hundred. Edward Westermarck’s massive three-volume The History of Human Marriage, first published in 1891, was not the first scientific study of the subject; but it is by far the best-known of the earlier writings, and the only one still given any serious attention. Westermarck was 28 years of age when his monumental work was completed—and he never married!


Interpersonal Conflict Sexual Regulation Monumental Work Future Shock Good Marriage 
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