Known already in the 1850s for the friendly company of its “warm brothers” (German slang for men who love other men), Berlin, before the turn of the twentieth century, became a place where scholars, 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 first openly gay man, to the world of Berlin’s vast homosexual subcultures, to a major sex scandal that enraptured the daily newspapers and shook the court of Emperor William II—and on through some of the very first sex reassignment surgeries—Robert Beachy uncovers the long-forgotten events and characters that continue to shape and influence the way we think of sexuality today.
Chapter by chapter Beachy’s scholarship illuminates forgotten firsts, including the life and work of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, first to claim (in 1896) that same-sex desire is an immutable, biologically determined characteristic, and founder of the Institute for Sexual Science. Though raided and closed down by the Nazis in 1933, the institute served as, among other things, “a veritable incubator for the science of tran-sexuality,” scene of one of the world’s first sex reassignment surgeries. Fascinating, surprising, and informative—Gay Berlin is certain to be counted as a foundational cultural examination of human sexuality.
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About the Author
Robert Beachy was trained as a German historian at the University of Chicago, where he received his PhD in 1998. He is presently associate professor of history at the Underwood International College of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The German Invention of Homosexuality 3
Chapter 2 Policing Homosexuality in Berlin 42
Chapter 3 The First Homosexual Rights Movement and the Struggle to Shape Identity 85
Chapter 4 The Eulenburg Scandal and the Politics of Outing 120
Chapter 5 Hans Blüher, the Wandervogel Movement, and the Männerbund 140
Chapter 6 Weimar Sexual Reform and the Institute for Sexual Science 160
Chapter 7 Sex Tourism and Male Prostitution in Weimar Berlin 187
Chapter 8 Weimar Politics and the Struggle for Legal Reform 220
Sources and Bibliography 275