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Herzog, Dagmar, 1961-
Sexuality in Europe : a twentieth-century history / Dagmar Herzog
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  HQ18.E8 H47 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Sex -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
Sexual ethics -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
Sex customs -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
Physical Description viii, 230 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Summary "This is a fascinating and accessible new account of the tumultuous history of sexuality in Europe from the waning of Victorianism to the collapse of Communism and the rise of European Islam. Although the twentieth century is often called 'the century of sex' and seen as an era of increasing liberalization, Dagmar Herzog instead emphasizes the complexities and contradictions in sexual desires and behaviors, the ambivalences surrounding sexual freedom and the difficulties encountered in securing sexual rights. Incorporating the most recent scholarship on a broad range of conceptual problems and national contexts, the book investigates the shifting fortunes of marriage and prostitution, contraception and abortion, queer and straight existence. It analyzes sexual violence in war and peace, the promotion of sexual satisfaction in fascist and democratic societies, the role of eugenics and disability, the politicization and commercialization of sex, and processes of secularization and religious renewal"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents 1. Reconceiving sexuality, 1900-1914 : Prostitution, venereal disease, and the double standard -- Theorizing desire -- Separating sex from reproduction : contraception and abortion -- Eugenics -- Rethinking sexual orientation -- 2. State interventions, 1914-1945 : World War I and its aftermath : violence and opportunity -- Fascism : masculinism and reproduction -- Nazism : human engineering and the promise of pleasure -- Democratic welfare states : liberality and ambivalence -- Holocaust and World War II -- 3. Cold War cultures, 1945-1965 : Mass violence and the return to domesticity -- Conservatism, east and west -- The rise of romance -- Ambivalence about contraception -- The persecution of homosexuals -- The rise of reform -- 4. Pleasure and rebellion, 1965-1980 : The market of desire -- Revolutionary theories -- Changing the law -- Heterosexual disillusionment -- Homosexual liberation -- The turn inward -- 5. Partnerships and practices, 1980-2010 : HIV/AIDS -- The fall of communism -- Postfacist lessons in human rights -- Islam and the sexual borders of Europe -- Romantic liberality versus new conservatisms
Series New approaches to European history

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