Gay Warriors: A Documentary History from the Ancient World to the Present

Gay Warriors: A Documentary History from the Ancient World to the Present

by B. R. Burg, Jerome Ravetz
     
 

In Ancient Greece and Rome, in Crusader campaigns and pirate adventures, same-sex romances were a common and condoned part of military culture. From the Peloponnesian War to the Gulf War, from Achelleus to Lawrence of Arabia gays and lesbians have played a crucial but often hidden role in military campaigns. But recent debates over the legality of gay service in

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Overview

In Ancient Greece and Rome, in Crusader campaigns and pirate adventures, same-sex romances were a common and condoned part of military culture. From the Peloponnesian War to the Gulf War, from Achelleus to Lawrence of Arabia gays and lesbians have played a crucial but often hidden role in military campaigns. But recent debates over the legality of gay service in the military and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy have obscured this rich aspect of military history. Richard Burg has recovered important documents and assembled an anthology on these often invisible gay and lesbian warriors.

Burg shows us that the Amazons of legend weren't just fictional. We learn about the richness and variety of their culture in documents from Plato, Seneca and Suetonius. From courts-martial proceedings we discover women warriors in seventeenth century England who passed as men in order to serve, and army officers whose underground culture fostered long-term romantic friendships.

There are also sections on the American Civil War, World War I and II, the contemporary U.S. military as well as sailors and pirates. This anthology will forever change the way we think about "gays in the military."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814798867
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
299
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Editorial Note
Introduction1
1The Classical World5
2Amazons27
3The Medieval Templars65
4Eighteenth-Century Warriors103
5Britain and the Wars against Napoleon121
6Nineteenth-Century Americans at War161
7The U.S. Navy after World War I191
8World War II223
9The Cold War to the Age of Clinton251
Sources287
Permissions291
Index293
About the Editor299

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