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These pages include fascinating books on various aspects of the history of male homosexuality. From homosexuality in ancient history to studies of modern history, there's photographic books of pre-war gay society to the history of well known gay institutions. If you're interested in our community history, these books make a great starting point. For books on general gay and lesbian history - check out the GLBT non-fiction section!

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Henning Bech - When Men Meet Men: Homosexuality and Modernity - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Henning Bech - Author of : When Men Meet Men: Homosexuality and Modernity
Hardcover (March 1997) 
University of Chicago Press; ISBN: 0226040216

"Gay Studies/History; This work proposes a novel interpretation of the nature of masculinity and its connections with homosexuality. Besides a critical discussion of existing theories in the area, the author also analyzes a rich variety of other materials, including novels, films and other literature. It represents both an analysis of the places in which encounters occur - the railway station, the park, the disco, the consulting room, the stadium - and is also a metaphor for key aspects of modernity. In analyzing the nature of the modern social world, Bech makes use of insights from Adorno and Benjamin as well as Sartre and Heidegger. Modernity and sexuality, Bech argues, are both intertwined and changing. He concludes by proposing that, having been created by modernity, "the homosexual" is now disappearing in conjunction with the changes transforming modernity itself."

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Barry Richard Burg - Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition : English Sea Rovers in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Barry Richard Burg - Author of : Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition : English Sea Rovers in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean
Paperback - 215 pages Reprint edition (May 1995) 
New York University Press; ISBN: 0814712363

"Gay Studies/History; Historical reference on pirates and their sexual history at sea - click through for reader reviews at Amazon."

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Russell Bush & Ron Lieberman - Affectionate men: a Photographic History of a Century of Male Couples, 1850's to 1950's - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Russell Bush and Ron Lieberman - Authors of : Affectionate men: a Photographic History of a Century of Male Couples, 1850's to 1950's
Hardcover - 112 pages 1 Ed edition (November 1998) 
St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0312182996

"Gay Studies/History; "Affectionate Men" assembles antique prints from all parts of the world, forming an idiosyncratic record of love between men. Over a period of 100 years (1850-1950), we can see the changing styles in clothes, hair, and attitudes, but what remains constant is their expression of affection and love."

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Martin Duberman - Midlife Queer: Autobiography of a Decade, 1971-1981 - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Martin Duberman - Author of : Midlife Queer: Autobiography of a Decade, 1971-1981
Paperback - 240 pages Reprint edition (November 1998) 
Univ of Wisconsin Pr; ISBN: 0299160246

"Gay Studies/History; With searing self-appraisal and a keen sense of the world around him, acclaimed writer and gay activist Martin Duberman examines a wide range of issues in his personal and professional life and in the politics of the time from 1971 to 1981-from the early years of gay liberation to the first public reports of AIDS. 
Duberman moves from the internecine battles in the academic world and within the budding gay rights movement to his own heart attack, sexual and romantic adventures, and search for fulfillment through new therapies and the world of theater. Peppered with gossip, wit, and tart observations of the New York theater and literary worlds, Midlife Queer stands as both a fascinating memoir and a record of an era."

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James Gardiner - Who's a Pretty Boy Then? : One Hundred & Fifty Years of Gay Life in Pictures - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by James Gardiner - Author of : Who's a Pretty Boy Then? : One Hundred & Fifty Years of Gay Life in Pictures
Paperback - 240 pages Reprint edition (June 1998) 
Serpents Tail; ISBN: 1852425946

"Gay Studies/History; James Gardiner's eclectic collection of gay male photos, postcards, play bills, theater posters, and other ephemera is an unguided tour through 100 years of gay male life and culture. Gardiner has wisely followed no specific historical or literary plan--although the photos are arranged in general chronological order--and the effect is striking. As you page through the hundreds of images, you are forced to make your own connections, construct your own sense of reality. Who's a Pretty Boy Then? is a historical and artistic tour de force that brings gay male history alive."

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James Gardiner, Montague Charles Glover - A Class Apart - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by James Gardiner and Montague Charles Glover - Authors of : A Class Apart
Paperback - 144 pages (November 15, 1999) 
Consortium Book Sales & Dist; ISBN: 1852427280

"Gay Studies/History; Born in 1897, A selection of photographs and letters culled from the archive of Montague Glover (1898-1983) documenting the intimate, rarely recorded lives of gay men in Britain from World War I to the 1950s. Montague Glover was a decorated Army Officer, a successful architect and a keen amateur photographer. This large format book portrays Glover's three obsessions: the Armed Forces, working class men and his lifelong lover Ralph Hall."

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Kent Gerard and Gert Hekma (Ed)- The Pursuit of Sodomy: Male Homosexuality in Renaissance and Enlightenment Europe - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Kent Gerard and Gert Hekma - Editors of : The Pursuit of Sodomy: Male Homosexuality in Renaissance and Enlightenment Europe
Paperback - 553 pages (June 1989) 
Haworth (T); ISBN: 0918393493

"Gay Studies/History; Previously published as Journal of homosexuality, v.16, nos. 1/2, 1988. Articles on the history of male homosexuality in most of the countries of Western Europe during the early modern era (1400-1800)."

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John Donald Gustav-Wrathall - Take the Young Stranger by the Hand : Same-Sex Relations and the YMCA - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by John Donald Gustav-Wrathall - Author of : Take the Young Stranger by the Hand : Same-Sex Relations and the YMCA
Hardcover - 288 pages (October 1998) 
University of Chicago Press (Trd); ISBN: 0226907848

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"Now associated with family health clubs, the YMCA's bland image is the result of relentless outreach and the studied avoidance of controversy. But, as John Gustav-Wrathall shows in his fascinating social history of the organization, the life of the YMCA has been filled with strife, tragedy, and irony. Its history has reflected the struggle and shifting societal mores about masculine friendship and intimacy. 
Gustav-Wrathall traces the history of American gender and sexuality through a case study of this organization devoted to young men. In the nineteenth century, the YMCA was built on intense male friendships that involved economic as well as emotional interdependence. Some men found in the YMCA an alternative to mainstream patterns of heterosexual marriage and family life, choosing to live their lives as bachelors in community with other men. 
But with the turn of the century, social perceptions of gender and sexuality began to change, and as new paradigms of masculinity evolved, certain forms of male intimacy were regarded as deviant. After 1900, Gustav-Wrathall argues, the YMCA grew more hostile to masculine love, and, through programs in physical training, sought to expand its control over the emotional and sexual lives of its members. Ironically, while the YMCA's emphasis on physical culture served outwardly to reinforce new images of masculinity, its gymnasiums and dormitories became primary sites for illicit male sexual encounters. 
Gustav-Wrathall presents the YMCA as an institution of profound contradictions, reflective of the broader society's views of same-sex love and sexuality."

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