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Subcultures and Sodomites: the Development of Homosexuality

  • Tim Hitchcock
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Part of the Social History in Perspective book series (SHP)

Abstract

The literature on eighteenth-century male homosexuality has grown tremendously in the last twenty-five years. Through the work of historians such as Randolph Trumbach, Alan Bray and Antony Simpson the creation of an identifiable homosexual subculture in the eighteenth century has become central to our understanding of the development of modern sexualities in general. The initial impetus for the expansion of this field was the increasing self-confidence and political activism of the modern gay community, but the influence of the ideas developed here have had a significant impact on the broader history of the eighteenth century.

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© Tim Hitchcock 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Hitchcock
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  1. 1.University of North LondonUK

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