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1. Legal contexts and practice

Many legal texts from Antiquity to the 19th century defined the dowry (Latin dos) as the wife's contribution to the "burdens of marriage” - thus portraying the bride primarily as a consumer and not a producer. On the whole, the dowry is an ambivalent institution, since it depended on concepts of women's need for protection and their limited agency whil…

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Lanzinger, Margareth, “Dowry”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024159>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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