Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: The Regulation of Sexual and Gender Dissent

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University of Chicago Press, Jul 15, 2001 - History - 392 pages
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The first full-length study of same-sex love in any period of Russian or Soviet history, Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia investigates the private worlds of sexual dissidents during the pivotal decades before and after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Using records and archives available to researchers only since the fall of Communism, Dan Healey revisits the rich homosexual subcultures of St. Petersburg and Moscow, illustrating the ambiguous attitude of the late Tsarist regime and revolutionary rulers toward gay men and lesbians. Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia reveals a world of ordinary Russians who lived extraordinary lives and records the voices of a long-silenced minority.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART I SameSex Eros in Modernizing Russia
19
PART I I Regulating Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia
75
PART I I I Homosexual Existence and Existing Socialism
205
Conclusion
251
HOW MANY VICTIMS OF THE ANTISODOMY LAW?
259
NOTES
265
BIBLIOGRAPHY
353
INDEX
375
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Dan Healey is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wales Swansea in the United Kingdom.

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