Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific, 1939–45

Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War

  • Yorick Smaal

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-12
  3. The Scripts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
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      Pages 15-38
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      Pages 39-65
  4. The Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
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      Pages 69-98
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      Pages 99-125
  5. The State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
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      Pages 129-150
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  6. Epilogue

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      Pages 172-178
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 179-250

About this book


Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific, 1939-45 explores the queer dynamics of war across Australia and forward bases in the south seas. It examines relationships involving Allied servicemen, civilians and between the legal and medical fraternities that sought to regulate and contain expressions of homosex in and out of the forces.


US forces Australian forces Homosexuality Second World War Queensland History South Pacific Australia dynamics Enzo Paci history Orient

Authors and affiliations

  • Yorick Smaal
    • 1
  1. 1.Griffith UniversityAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57222-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-36514-9
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