The History of Human Marriage by Edward Westermarck

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Author Westermarck, Edward, 1862-1939
Author of introduction, etc. Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1823-1913
Title The History of Human Marriage
Third Edition
Contents Introduction -- The origin of marriage -- A human pairing season in primitive times -- The antiquity of human marriage -- A criticism of the hypothesis of promiscuity -- Marriage and celibacy -- The courtship of man -- Means of attraction -- The liberty of choice -- Sexual selection among animals -- The sexual selection of man: typical beauty -- The law of similarity -- Prohibition of marriage between kindred -- Sexual selection as influenced by affection and sympathy, and by calculation -- Marriage by capture and marriage by purchase -- The decay of marriage by purchase; the marriage portion -- Marriage ceremonies and rites -- The forms of human marriage -- The duration of human marriage -- Summary.
Credits E-text prepared by Turgut Dincer, Les Galloway, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team ( from page images generously made available by HathiTrust Digital Library (
Language English
LoC Class HQ: Social sciences: The family, Marriage, Sex and Gender
Subject Marriage -- History
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EBook-No. 59386
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Most Recently Updated Jun 15, 2020
Copyright Status Public domain in the USA.
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