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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  17 reviews
In the years since Stonewall, the world has witnessed an outpouring of research, critical inquiry, and re-interpretation of gay life and culture. This book draws on groundbreaking new material to present a comprehensive survey of all things gay, stretching back to ancient Sumeria and ranging to the present day. Critically acclaimed historian Robert Aldrich and ten leading ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Universe (first published January 1st 2006)
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History isn't as straight as you were led to believe :) ...more
Daniel Taylor
Years ago I saw this book in an independent bookshop and recognized it as high-quality. I never guessed it was be as good as it is.

This book uses "gay" in the broadest sense. Apart from covering male history, it also goes into the even more hidden history of lesbians, trans people and hermaphrodites. As it's edited by an Australian, when it says "world history" it actually means a global history rather than a history from the US, England and perhaps Europe. It covers Western, Middle Eastern, Asi
Sophy H
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very comprehensive study of gay life and culture from the Romans through to present day.

A really interesting read, especially when you consider the cyclical nature of "homosexuality" being in vogue, then scorned upon, then in vogue, then condemned. And surprise surprise the scorn always originates with ....... religion!!!!!!!! Good old religion!!! Pshhh!!!

Different authors have contributed separate chapters to this book, with editing done by Robert Aldrich. Some of my favourite chapters conc
P Chan
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un ouvrage superbe, avec beaucoup de documentations pertinentes, de belles images et de sujets poignants. C'est un livre qui est à la fois instructif et captivant. ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, non-fiction
"Dos versos de Teócrito à série de TV 'Queer as Folk', dos berdaches norteamericanos aos rapazes-esposa da Austrália Aborígene, este livro ilustra simultaneamente o que há de comum [na história e na geografia, entre raças e sexos] no amor e na luxúria, e de que formas tais desejos foram concebidos e construídos ao longo dos séculos."

Um coletânea de artigos organizada por Robert Aldrich que, pela sua erudição, conhecimento, perspetiva distanciada e independente, mas simultaneamente de "insider",
Full of hundreds of paintings, photographs, newspaper articles, books, famous histories, writings, about the subjects of LGBTQ+ people, from marriage, AIDS, Stonewall, the Civil War, the Renaissance, the Middle Ages, other cultures, cruising, art, books, biographies, etc.

Huge Resource!
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-library
This seems like a good book, but one of the more unpalatable things about it is that all the chapters have been written by different authors. It makes for an inconsistent style and approach. I don't like this aspect. It's not a journal or a magazine, this is a book, and it should be more coherent. I would much rather read a single author's take on these various issues.

The chapter on the present-day gay world is already outdated by the year 2018. The book was written/compiled in 2006. The situati
Apr 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
I only read about 60% of this book due to how transphobic and transmisogynistic it got. Referring to The Stonewell Riots as "transvestites causing trouble" in a passing and then leaving that part out of LGBT activism? Unbelievable.

I also don't like how they used the h slur for intersex people a lot, as well as "homosexual" throughout the book. Why can't you just say gay or same gender attracted people? A big disappointment, I had hoped to get some good info on my own history, but this is a trans
Poet Truth
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
So far I have learned a lot from reading this book.
I hope one day to own it. There are a lot of things
about the gay life in our past that needs to be seen,
read and heard. I look forward to reading the rest of
this book.
Will Stotts-Jr
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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On this very special Pride Day & my Birthday, I recommend this excellent book as a great place to continue celebrating!
Vitani Days
Ottimo volume.
Se gli devo trovare un difetto è che un po' sintetico per forza di cose. Difetto perdonabile visto l'intento che il curatore del volume si pone: muoversi nel tempo e nello spazio col solo filo conduttore dei rapporti omoerotici, dall'antichità fino ai primi anni 2000.
Intento, va detto, pienamente raggiunto: pur peccando di sintesi, il testo è ottimo sia per chi voglia saperne di più sull'approccio storico/culturale all'argomento, sia per chi voglia iniziare ad approfondirne aspetti
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dans son ensemble cet ouvrage retrace de multiples choses sur l'histoire des lgbtq. On apprend énormément d'informations et c'est très complet.

Cependant j'ai eu du mal avec certaines formulations. Notamment dans les parties centrées sur l'homosexualité féminine. Pour prendre un exemple, une photo illustrant la gay pride (page 25) est titrée "Des lesbiennes à moto affichent leur sexualité d'une façon quelque peu exubérante dans la cadre du célèbre Mardi gras de Sydney".

Je ne cerne pas la nécessit
Kokoelma artikkeleita, jotka käsittelevät homoseksuaalisuuden historiaa sekä yleisellä tasolla että eri aikakausien ja alueiden näkökulmasta. Teoksen artikkelit painottuvat suuresti miesten välisiin suhteisiin, naisten välisiä suhteita käsitellään omana osa-alueenaan vain muutamassa artikkelissa, muissa artikkeleissa maininnat näistä rajoittuvat lähinnä sivulauseisiin tai pieniin kappaleisiin. Koska teos on toimitettu alunperin vuonna 2006, myös nykyisin enemmän esillä olevat ilmiöt, kuten trans ...more
May 17, 2022 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this fun book filled with pictures talking about general gay culture! I wish it had included people who existed outside of the binary genders more than it did but outside of that it was lovely!
Jun 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado bastante. Un análisis bastante completo que no se ha centrado solo en Europa-Occidente. Me ha faltado un poco más de historia de mujeres, pero entiendo que tampoco hay tanta información.
Mar 01, 2021 rated it liked it
A readable collection of essays about the history of homosexuality and of the different forms of queerness throughout the times. Especially interesting are the essays about antiquity, premodern Eastern world (!!!), and various indigenous cultures around the globe whereas the chapters about premodern and early modern Europe tend to get rather boring rather fast. Also when reading this kind of specialized history with a focus on a heated subject, such as various non-normative expressions of sexual ...more
Anja Weber
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Interesting book in many aspects from culture of life in ancient time til medieval history and interconnections in society. What is provoking it is very rich preview about history and life of Gay life&culture, influence of it and how was impact on society the High society, art, literature. We could discover the view of church which by my opinion little bit twisted, particularly catholic..Also here is included history of sexual relationships and analysis of it..ranging as medieva ...more
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Robert Aldrich is an Australian historian and writer. Aldrich is a Professor of European History, he teaches and researches modern European and colonial history, including the history of France since the Revolution, the history of the French and British overseas empires, the history of 'sites of memory' and the history of gender and sexuality. ...more

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