Scholarly Research

This section of International Love Scout is independently edited by Dr. Julia Meszaros.  The opinions expressed here are those of the authors alone.  Any posts or comments by the staff or management of International Love Scout will clearly be marked as such.

The purpose of this section is to gather the most relevant scholarly research on international dating and the mail order bride phenomena in one place where it is easily accessible to all interested parties.  Hopefully, this will help dispel some of the myths and confusion about international dating.

Why I Decided To Study International Dating

My interest in the international dating industry began when I started to read early articles about the topic in my graduate studies. I was intrigued by the spreading of online dating to a global platform and the new types of relationships created through the use of technology.

If You Are Serious About Mail Order Brides You Need This Book

If you have any doubts about international dating you need to read Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches by Marica Zug.  At the time of this writing the Kindle version was selling on Amazon for $15.04 and there were used copies for less than half that. 

A Short History of Mail Order Brides

Mail order brides are hardly a modern convention and the practice of choosing wives from catalogs or ads has been going on for hundreds of years. Though it is often looked down upon and considered a last resort for desperate men and gold-digging or stupid women, it has its roots in a true need. It has brought together many couples over the years.

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