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Gay Berlin : Birthplace of a Modern Identity (Paperback) (Robert Beachy)

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A detailed historical look at the surprising ways in which the uninhibited urban sexuality, sexual experimentation and medical advances of pre-Weimar Berlin created and molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity. Long known for the friendly company of its warm brothers" (German slang for men who love other men), Berlin, even before the turn of the twentieth-century, was a place where educators, activists, and medical professionals could explore and begin to educate both themselves and Europe about new and emerging sexual identities. From Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, a German activist described by some as the world's first openly gay man, to the world of Berlin's vast homosexual subcultures-tolerated and monitored by the police commissioner through the "Department of Homosexuals and Blackmailers"-to a major sex scandal that enraptured the daily newspapers and shook the court of Emperor William II, and on through some of the world's first sex reassignment surgeries, Beachy deftly guides the reader through past events and developments that continue to shape and influence the way we think of sexuality to this day. Gay Berlin is certain to be considered a foundational study"--
Number of Pages: 305
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: Europe / Germany, Modern / General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Robert Beachy
Language: English
Street Date: October 13, 2015
TCIN: 23948058
UPC: 9780307473134
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-9717
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