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Putting asunder : a history of divorce in Western society

A study of the development of religious and secular attitudes toward divorce, and the evolution of divorce laws, their application and their consequences, this examines divorce independently and against backgrounds such as the French Revolution, Nazi Germany and recent cultural changes.
Print Book, English, 1988
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge [England], 1988
xx, 672 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780521324342, 0521324343
The Roman Catholic background; the Protestants and divorce - theory and practice; 17th century England - divorce frustrated; divorce in America - the 17th and 18th centuries; 18th century France - enlightenment and revolution; the secularization of divorce, 1600-1800; the use of the early divorce laws - England, America and France; the alternatives to divorce; the meaning of marriage breakdown in the past; the social context of marriage breakdown; 19th century divorce law - liberalization and reaction 1815-1914); the 20th century - the rise of mass divorce; explaining the rise of divorce - 1870s-1980s.