A History of Homosexuality in Europe Vol. II: Berlin, London, Paris, 1919-1939

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Algora Publishing, 2004 - Social Science - 356 pages
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Just crawling out from under the Victorian blanket, Europe was devastated by a gruesome war that consumed the flower of its youth. Tamagne dissects the strands of euphoria, rebellion, exploration, nostalgia and yearning, and the bonds forged at school and on the battlefront, in a scholarly treatise charting the early days of the homosexual and lesbian scene. The period between the two world wars was crucial in the history of homosexuality in Europe. It was then that homosexuality first came out into the light of day. Berlin became the capital of the new culture, and the center of a political movement seeking rights and protections for what we now call gays and lesbians. In England, the confruntation was brisk to undermine the structures and strictures of Victorianism; whereas in France (which was more tolerant, over all), homosexuality remained more subtle and nonmilitant. Tamagne's 2-volume work outlines the long and arduous journey from the shadows toward acceptability as the homosexual and lesbian community sets out to find a new legitimacy at various levels of society. She weaves together cultural references from literature, songs and theater, news stories and private correspondence, police reports and government documents to give a rounded picture of the evolving scene.
 

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Contents

Chapter Five
1
Chapter Six
75
PART THREE
131
Chapter Seven
133
Chapter Eight
201
Postface
261
Conclusion
265
Appendix I Statistics
272
Appendix II Songs
283
Appendix III German Legislation on Homosexuality
285
Appendix IV Dr Carl Vaernets Experiments at Buchenwald 1944
290
Appendix V Abbreviations and Acronyms
294
Annotated Bibliography
295
Index
337
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