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Colonialism and Homosexuality 1st Edition

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"Fascinating... this growing body of scholarship should prompt fresh interpretation of empire and colonialism's interaction with gender and sexuality... Excellent bibliography.."
-Choice
"Combining extensive scholarly research with the kind of solid storytelling that marks the most interesting historical writing, Aldrich examines the complex roles homosexual relationships played during colonialist expansion.."
-Lambda Book Report, January 2004
"Aldrich does make the important point, though, that the outlook of homosexual and homosocial administrators had a direct impact on colonial policy."
-"Geist

About the Author

Robert Aldrich is Lecturer in Modern French History and Colonial History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of "The French in the South Pacific, 1840-1940," "France and the South Pacific since 1940," "Greater France: A History of French Overseas Expansion" and "Colonialism and Homosexuality,"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415196167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415196161
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's about time someone wrote this book. In this historical text, an Australian scholar details how colonial travels affected what we would now call gay men and how gay men affected colonialism. In the first half of the book, Robert Aldrich how this phenomenon occurred for painters, poets, businessmen, and political activists, and men in other professions. In the latter half of the book, he discusses this phenomenon region by region (Papua New Guinea, North Africa, South Asia, etc). Included in this book is a whole chapter dedicated to the ultimate gay European colonizer, E. M. Forster.
This book is a stellar example of gay studies and historical research coming together. It is immediately obvious to the reader how much work the author had to put into writing this. As a large history text, this book takes FOREVER to read! Undergraduate students assigned this book could get away with just reading the first two chapters and the conclusions, as the author's point becomes obvious and may feel repetitive to some readers after awhile. Still, given that this book is much-needed and superb, all will benefit from reading it cover to cover.
For gay activists who mention famous historical figures who were gay as a way of combating homophobia, this book will be a useful tool. Just as Marjorie Garber in "Vice Versa" demonstrated how many of these figures who are labeled gay could more accurately be labeled bisexual, Aldrich shows that many famous gay Westerners either came out, had their first homosexual experience in, or were influenced by the developing world. This book will be a certain wake-up call for those who falsely assume that Stonewall is the be-all to end-all of gay history.
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This book is so fascinating to be read!
First, I learn a lot of how to improve my way to compose academic texts.
Second, I learn lots of History, and how supposed-to-be-gay-explorers did their best to create a better world (or help to understand it).
Third, I see how the concept of homosexuality is so complex and exciting!

Highly recommended!
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This book is completely overpriced for the content. This book contains far too much postulating based from here say and observation of homoerotic writings. My expectation was that I was going to read about something more concrete and learn some interesting information and facts about Homosexuality in the Colonial era. Not so here. This book should be priced at $10 or less. I cannot give it anything higher as it doesn't reveal anything important.
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