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Gay Men and the Sexual History of the Political Left

1st Edition

By James Steakley


408 pages

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Hardback: 9781560247241
pub: 1995-12-05
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Explore the development of left-wing sexual politics from the 1830s to the present, documenting communist, socialist, and anarchist views toward homosexuality and the involvement of homosexuals with the left. Chapters in this fascinating book are authored by an array of international scholars who examine key developments in Western Europe, the Soviet Union, and the United States, exploring the attitudes and policies of leftist thinkers, parties, and regimes toward homosexuality.

Chapters cover a diverse array of topics, including openness toward homosexuality of French utopian socialists in the 1830s, the hate-filled pronouncements of Marx and Engels, responses to Stalin's anti-gay policies, gays in Germany before and since the fall of the Wall, Spanish anarchists in the 1930s, gay spies Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt, and relations between the left and gay liberation movements of France and the United States. A major addition to the growing field of gay historical studies, Gay Men and the Sexual History of the Political Left is the first book in any language devoted to tracing the attitudes of the socialist left toward male homosexuality.

Table of Contents

Contents Leftist Sexual Politics and Homosexuality: A Historical Overview

  •  Theories About Sex and Sexuality in Utopian Socialism
  • Johann Baptist von Schweitzer: The Queer Marx Loved to Hate
  • Homosexuality and the Left in the Netherlands: 1890-1911
  •  Anarchism and Homosexuality in Wilhelmine Germany: Senna Hoy, Erich Mühsam, John Henry Mackay
  • Soviet Policy Toward Male Homosexuality: Its Origins and Historical Roots
  • Gide in the USSR: Some Observations on Comradeship
  • Communists, Social Democrats, and the Homosexual Movement in the Weimar Republic
  • The “Jews” of the Antifascist Left: Homosexuality and Socialist Resistance to Nazism
  • Male Inverts and Homosexuals: Sex Discourse in the Anarchist Revista Blanca
  • Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess, Gay Spies
  • Between Marxism and Psychoanalysis: Antifascism and Antihomosexuality in the Frankfurt School
  • Homosexuality and the American Left: The Impact of Stonewall
  • The Church, the Stasi, and the Socialist Integration: Three Stages of Lesbian and Gay Emancipation in the Former German Democratic Republic
  • From Revolution to Involution: The Disappearance of the Gay Movement in France
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General