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Sexing Twentieth-Century European History

Sexing Twentieth-Century European History review essays Review essay by Jill Massino Dagmar Herzog, Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History, Cambridge: Cam- bridge University Press, 2011, 238 pp., $28.99 (pb), ISBN 978-0-52169-143-7. Josie McLellan, Love in the Time of Communism: Intimacy and Sexuality in the GDR, Cam- bridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 239 pp., $29.99 (pb), ISBN 978-0-52172-761-7. Sexual politics is shaped by a diverse array of actors: policymakers, the church, medical professionals, advertisers, activists, and ordinary individuals, among others. By exam- ining the various realms in which ideas about sexuality have been elaborated, debated, and contested, Dagmar Herzog and Josie McLellan off er insight into state power, as well as citizenship, gender, identity, and intimate relationships in twentieth-century Europe. While Herzog’s is a general survey and McLellan’s a country-specifi c study, both works draw on diverse sources: legislation, writt en and visual media, cultural practices, religious beliefs, and interviews, memoir, and literature, to highlight the complexity, ambiguities, and tensions surrounding sex in the twentieth century. More importantly, they consider the relationship between discourse and everyday practices, illustrating, through personal stories and anecdotes, people’s responses to the policies, belief systems, and social norms that shaped their societies, as well as the att itudes and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

Sexing Twentieth-Century European History

Aspasia , Volume 9 (1): 5 – Mar 1, 2015

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review essays Review essay by Jill Massino Dagmar Herzog, Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History, Cambridge: Cam- bridge University Press, 2011, 238 pp., $28.99 (pb), ISBN 978-0-52169-143-7. Josie McLellan, Love in the Time of Communism: Intimacy and Sexuality in the GDR, Cam- bridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 239 pp., $29.99 (pb), ISBN 978-0-52172-761-7. Sexual politics is shaped by a diverse array of actors: policymakers, the church, medical professionals, advertisers, activists, and ordinary individuals, among others. By exam- ining the various realms in which ideas about sexuality have been elaborated, debated, and contested, Dagmar Herzog and Josie McLellan off er insight into state power, as well as citizenship, gender, identity, and intimate relationships in twentieth-century Europe. While Herzog’s is a general survey and McLellan’s a country-specifi c study, both works draw on diverse sources: legislation, writt en and visual media, cultural practices, religious beliefs, and interviews, memoir, and literature, to highlight the complexity, ambiguities, and tensions surrounding sex in the twentieth century. More importantly, they consider the relationship between discourse and everyday practices, illustrating, through personal stories and anecdotes, people’s responses to the policies, belief systems, and social norms that shaped their societies, as well as the att itudes and

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