The Curious History of DatingThe Curious History of Dating
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The Curious History of Dating

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Nichi Hodgson

Throughout history, the desire to meet and form romantic connections with others has endured despite societal changes. However, as societal norms have become more relaxed, the ways in which people seek romantic partners have become more personalized. In contemporary Britain, individuals of all genders have the freedom to explore a diverse range of sexual orientations and can now date for any purpose they desire.

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The Curious History of Dating takes readers on a historical journey through British dating and relationships. Exploring everything from formal dances and dating rules of the 1700s to the rise of online dating in modern times, these bites demonstrate that dating and finding love have always been difficult. The good news is that it's easier today than ever before.

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Throughout history, the desire to meet and form romantic connections with others has endured despite societal changes. However, as societal norms have become more relaxed, the ways in which people seek romantic partners have become more personalized. In contemporary Britain, individuals of all genders have the freedom to explore a diverse range of sexual orientations and can now date for any purpose they desire.

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In the 1700s, status marriages were the standard, but the early Victorian Era brought about greater acceptance of romantic relationships.

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In the late 1800s and early 1900s, there were significant cultural changes that brought about liberation for both women and men.

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The First World War propelled women towards greater independence, and the vibrant social scene in London quickly caught up with this newfound freedom.

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The Second World War triggered a surge in weddings, but many marriages faced challenges due to the allure of the home front.

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Dating in the 1980s was fun, but the AIDS epidemic brought fear and uncertainty.

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