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DURING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, there was a systematic attempt to wrest the “sacrament of marriage”—which linked husband, wife, and God—from the prerogatives of the Roman Catholic Church. Marriage was made a contractual and legal relationship under the supervision and acknowledgment of the state. In t...

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Published in: The Third Reich Sourcebook p. 327
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of California Press 06-10-2013
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Summary: DURING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, there was a systematic attempt to wrest the “sacrament of marriage”—which linked husband, wife, and God—from the prerogatives of the Roman Catholic Church. Marriage was made a contractual and legal relationship under the supervision and acknowledgment of the state. In the German lands occupied by French revolutionary forces, such civil marriages were introduced in 1798. Under Otto von Bismarck, after 6 February 1875, only civil marriages were permitted in Prussia and then in imperial Germany. Bismarck, seeing Protestant Germany in a protracted struggle with the Catholic Church and Catholic states (the Kulturkampf), wanted to
ISBN: 9780520276833
0520276833
DOI: 10.1525/j.ctt3fh2rm.164