Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945

Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945

by Clayton Whisnant


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Germany in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed key developments in LGBT history, including the growth of the world's first homosexual organizations and gay and lesbian magazines, as well as an influential community of German sexologists and psychoanalysts. Queer Identities and Politics in Germany describes these events in detail, from vibrant gay social scenes to the Nazi persecution that sent many LGBT people to concentration camps.

Clayton J. Whisnant recounts the emergence of various queer identities in Germany from 1880 to 1945 and the political strategies pursued by early homosexual activists. Drawing on recent English and German-language scholarship, he enriches the debate over whether science contributed to social progress or persecution during this period, and he offers new information on the Nazis' preoccupation with homosexuality. The book's epilogue locates remnants of the pre-1945 era in Germany today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939594099
Publisher: Harrington Park Press, LLC
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Clayton J. Whisnant is professor of history at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he teaches a range of courses in twentieth-century European history. His first book was Male Homosexuality in West Germany, 1945-1969: Between Persecution and Freedom.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Introduction. Why Study Queer German History?
1. The Birth of Homosexual Politics
2. Scandals and Alliances
3. The Growth of Urban Gay Scenes
4. Representations and Identities
5. The Politics of Homosexuality in Weimar Germany
6. Nazi Persecution
Conclusion. Gay and Lesbian Life after 1945

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