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Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific, 1939-45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War

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Military and civilian worlds have an uneasy relationship. They inform and intersect with one another in complex and competing ways. Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific, 1939-45 explores how life in and out of uniform shaped Australia's queer identities in the 1940s. Queensland – with its massive throngs of local and foreign servicemen – provides an unusually detailed tapes ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published August 5th 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published July 8th 2015)
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Anna Hepworth
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Sadly, I was only a chapter or so into this fascinating book when the library required me to return it. I have hopes of being able to access it elsewhere, and getting further through -- I found the details about erasure of identities to be particularly poignant.
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A real eye-opener, this one. I was amazed to discover a community of queer men thriving in pre-war Brisbane and the effects left on our way of life by the American occupation. Some stories you'll want to believe more than others, but rest assure Smaal's sources are reliable. I found it pleasurable and informative, and recommend flicking through it in whatever order appeals to you most.
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