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Faculty Book: Dagmar Herzog

Dagmar Herzog

Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History
(Cambridge University Press, 2011)

This new account of the tumultuous history of sexuality in Europe spans the waning of Victorianism, the collapse of Communism, and the rise of European Islam. Although the twentieth century is often seen as an era of increasing liberalization, Herzog emphasizes the complexities and contradictions in sexual desires and behaviors, the ambivalences surrounding sexual freedom, and the difficulties encountered in securing sexual rights. Incorporating the most recent scholarship on a broad range of conceptual problems and national contexts, the book investigates the shifting fortunes of marriage and prostitution, contraception and abortion, queer and straight existence. It analyzes sexual violence in war and peace, the promotion of sexual satisfaction in fascist and democratic societies, the role of eugenics and disability, the politicization and commercialization of sex, and processes of secularization and religious renewal. Dagmar Herzog is professor of history and women’s studies at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: OCT 26, 2011

Category: Women's Studies, History, Faculty Books