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Similarity in Difference: Marriage in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900

Christer Lundh and Satomi Kurosu


Since Malthus, the great contrast between Europe (England) and Asia (China) in marriage patterns and mechanisms, and household formation and family systems has been underlined by demographers and anthropologists. In Europe, late marriages, high celibacy rates, preventive checks, individualism – in Asia, early marriages, universal marriage, positive checks, parental authority (e.g. Malthus, Hajnal, Wrigley/Schofield, Macfarlane, Wolf, Skinner). This book challenges the rhetoric of an East-West dichotomy in marriage patterns and mechanisms, because it implies a picture that is too simplistic, ba ... More

Keywords: marriage, Malthus, Hajnal, late marriages, early marriages, age at marriage, preventive check, celibacy, universal marriage, individualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027946
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027946.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christer Lundh, author
Goteborg University

Satomi Kurosu, author

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I Introduction

1 Challenging the East–West Binary

Christer Lundh and Satomi Kurosu

2 Eurasian Marriage

Christer Lundh and Satomi Kurosu

3 Nuptiality

Satomi Kurosu and Christer Lundh

II Comparative Demographies

4 The Roads to Reproduction

Martin Dribe, Matteo Manfredini, and Michel Oris, in collaboration with Satomi Kurosu and Cameron Campbell

5 The Influence of Economic Factors on First Marriage in Historical Europe and Asia

Tommy Bengtsson, in collaboration with Michel OrisMatteo Manfredini, Cameron Campbell, and Satomi Kurosu

6 Remarriage, Gender, and Rural Households

Satomi Kurosu, Christer Lundh, and Marco Breschi, in collaboration with Cameron Campbell, Matteo Manfredini, and George Alter

III Local Histories

7 Social Norms and Human Agency

Martin Dribe and Christer Lundh

8 Prudence as Obstinate Resistance to Pressure

Michel Oris, George Alter, and Paul Servais

9 Between Constraints and Coercion

Renzo Derosas, Marco Breschi, Alessio Fornasin, Matteo Manfredini, and Cristina Munno

11 Categorical Inequality and Gender Difference

Shuang Chen, Cameron Campbell, and James Lee

IV Conclusion

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