Colonialism and Homosexuality

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Taylor & Francis, Nov 21, 2002 - History - 464 pages
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Colonialism and Homosexuality is a thorough investigation of the connections of homosexuality and imperialism from the late 1800s - the era of 'new imperialism' - until the era of decolonization. Robert Aldrich reconstructs the context of a number of liaisons, including those of famous men such as Cecil Rhodes, E.M. Forster or André Gide, and the historical situations which produced both the Europeans and their non-Western lovers.

Colonial lands, which in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century included most of Africa, South and Southeast Asia and the islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Caribbean, provided a haven for many Europeans whose sexual inclinations did not fit neatly into the constraints of European society.

Each of the case-studies is a micro-history of a particular colonial situation, a sexual encounter, and its wider implications for cultural and political life. Students both of colonial history, and of gender and queer studies, will find this an informative read.


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User Review  - maggiemay1992 - LibraryThing

This was assigned reading for a history class. To me, it seemed more like a tabloid paper than an actual history book. It made a great many assumptions about the sexual orientation of historical figures on very sketchy information. Read full review

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Colonialism and Homosexuality is an enlightening book about often overlooked dynamics of colonialism. The over arching idea is that imperialism gave homosexual and curious men opportunities that their ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Robert Aldrich is Professor of European History at the University of Sydney.

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