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Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: The Regulation of Sexual and Gender Dissent
The first full-length study of same-sex love in any period of Russian or Soviet history, Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia investigates the private worlds of sexual dissidents during the pivotal decades before and after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Using records and archives available to researchers only since the fall of Communism, Dan Healey revisits the rich h ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published July 15th 2001 by University of Chicago Press
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Dan Healey presents a description of homosexuality and gender dissent in Russia & the Soviet Union, centering on the debates which led to the decriminalization of "sodomy" in 1917, and its recriminalization in 1934. Healey also mentions how even in the 1920s, the state would use 'homosexuality' as a political propaganda tool, publicizing the misdeeds of the church. This book is well sourced, and sometimes seems a bit too thorough, the main points could probably be condensed to 10-20 pages, but t ...more
A superbly interesting and well-researched to book. But also arduous to read, in part because of the darkness of the subject matter itself (what would you expect to be the fate of sexual minorities in a repressive single-party state?), but also because the author has put a lot of information in the notes – and, presumably on decision of the publisher, these are endnotes and not footnotes, so I spent an awful lot of time jumping to the endnotes to check if this note had information other than the ...more