The Formation of the Couple

  title={The Formation of the Couple},
  author={A. Burgui{\`e}re},
  journal={Journal of Family History},
  pages={39 - 53}
Several interpretations have been proposed of the changes that trans formed conjugal life in preindustrial Europe and brought about the emergence of the couple. Some focus on economics, others on the intellectual elites, and still others on the role of the state. In the period from 1500 to 1800, one can accept the idea of a permissive sixteenth, austere seventeenth, and liberated eighteenth century, but only in terms of non-linear evolution containing constraints, ruptures, and more than a… Expand
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