Ashkenazic Jewry and the European marriage pattern: A Preliminary survey of Jewish marriage age

  title={Ashkenazic Jewry and the European marriage pattern: A Preliminary survey of Jewish marriage age},
  author={Steven M. Lowenstein},
  journal={H{\^i}st{\^o}ry¯a y{\^e}h{\^u}d{\^i}t = Jewish history},
  • S. Lowenstein
  • Published 1 March 1994
  • History
  • Hîstôry¯a yêhûdît = Jewish history
In the course of early modern times, the population of Western Europe developed a family and marriage pattern which differed sharply from that of most of the rest of the world. This "European marriage pattern" was marked by very late marriage, by the extreme rarity of households containing more than one couple and by the frequent presence of young unmarried servants.1 This seemingly unique pattern has significance not only because of its impact on the nature of family life, but also because of… Expand
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