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Editor: Dagmar Herzog

Title: Brutality and Desire

Subtitle: War and Sexuality in Europe's Twentieth Century

In: Brutality and Desire: War and Sexuality in Europe’s Twentieth Century

Place: Basingstoke

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Year: 2009

Pages: xi + 290pp

Series: Genders and Sexualities in History

ISBN-10: 0230542530 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780230542532 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780230285637 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780230234291 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Types: Wartime Rape


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Editor: Dagmar Herzog, Graduate Center, City University of New YorkWikipedia


  List of Figures (p. vii)
  Acknowledgments (p. viii)
  List of Contributors (p. ix)
  Introduction: War and Sexuality in Europe's Twentieth Century (p. 1)
Dagmar Herzog
  1 'A Fate Worse Than Dying': Sexual Violence during the Armenian Genocide (p. 16)
Matthias Bjørnlund
  2 Race and Sex, Fear and Loathing in France during the Great War (p. 59)
Richard S. Fogarty
  3 Italian Fascism's Ethiopian Conquest and the Dream of a Prescribed Sexuality (p. 91)
Marie-Anne Matard-Bonucci
  4 'The Good Fellow': Negotiation, Remembrance, and Recollection – Homosexuality in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945 (p. 109)
Emma Vickers
  5 'Youth Off the Rails': Teenage Girls and German Soldiers – A Case Study in Occupied Denmark, 1940-1945 (p. 135)
Lulu Anne Hansen
  6 Camp Brothels: Forced Sex Labour in Nazi Concentration Camps (p. 168)
Robert Sommer
  7 Between 'Racial Awareness' and Fantasies of Potency: Nazi Sexual Politics in the Occupied Territories of the Soviet Union, 1942-1945 (p. 197)
Regina Mühlhäuser
  8 Sexual Abuse of Jewish Women in Auschwitz-Birkenau (p. 221)
Na'ama Shik
  9 Sexual Violence in the Algerian War (p. 247)
Raphaëlle Branche
  10 The 'Sum of Such Actions': Investigating Mass Rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina through a Case Study of Foca (p. 261)
Teresa Iacobelli
  Index (p. 284)

Description: »Tracing the arc of sexual violence coursing through Europe's twentieth century from the Armenian genocide through Auschwitz and Algeria to Bosnia, this pathbreaking volume expands military history to include the realm of sexuality for both soldiers and civilians, both during war and in its aftermath. Examining contrapuntal stories of consensual romance and accounts of grotesque violence and intimate brutality, it also contributes significant new insights to the history of sexuality in the twentieth century. The volume also breaks important conceptual ground precisely by broadening twentieth-century European history to include colonial and border areas (from the Ottoman Empire in the 1910s to Indochinese and Senegalese soldiers in WWI to Italy's war in Ethiopia in the 1930s to the Nazi-occupied Soviet Union in the 1940s to Algeria in the 1950s-1960s) to the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.« (Source: Palgrave Macmillan)


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