What Would You Do?

Would you join a militant political movement, risking not only your job but potentially your family, friends and public reputation? What physical and emotional trauma would you be willing to face? These were all questions that faced women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when they joined the emergent women’s rights and suffrage... Continue Reading →

LGBTQ+ History Month Reading Club: The Nineteenth Century

Professor Matthew McCormack recommends: H. G. Cocks, Nameless Offences: Homosexual Desire in the 19th Century (I. B. Tauris, 2003). This is a fascinating study of homosexuality in late Georgian and Victorian Britain. We usually assume that the modern understanding of the homosexual man was invented at the end of the nineteenth century, with the rise of sexology... Continue Reading →

LGBQT+ History Month Reading Club: The Searchlight Archive

The University of Northampton History department is home to the Searchlight Archive, a unique archive collection of material documenting the activities of British and international fascist and racist organisations from the 1930s onwards. It is one of the most extensive and significant resources of its type in Europe. Daniel Jones, the Searchlight Collections Officer recommends:... Continue Reading →

LGBTQ+ History Month Reading Club: Medieval

Rachel Moss, Lecturer in History recommends: Seeing Sodomy in the Middle Ages: Robert Mills (Chicago, 2015) Densely written and packed with complex case studies, this lavishly illustrated leviathan of a book requires careful attention; it’s not a casual read. Nevertheless, this sensitive, imaginative work is bound to become a classic among studies of pre-modern gender... Continue Reading →

LGBTQ+ History and the Holocaust

LGBTQ+ History and the Holocaust Associate Professor in History Paul Jackson blogs on LGBTQ+ victims of the Holocaust Paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code was established in 1871, and essentially banned male homosexuality. Despite this, by the 1920s Berlin in particular had developed a reputation as a city that turned a blind eye to... Continue Reading →

LGBTQ+ History Month Reading Club: First World War

Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History Jim Beach recommends: Philip Hoare, Wilde’s Last Stand: Scandal, Decadence and Conspiracy during the Great War (1997) My suggestion for this reading list connects with the content of my third-year module HIS3027 Secret State.  It is not an academic history, and although some of its statements about intelligence history don’t stand... Continue Reading →

LGBTQ+ History Month Reading Club: Early Modern

Senior Lecturer in History and Programme Leader for BA History recommends: Alan Bray, Homosexuality in Renaissance England (1982): A pioneering study charting shifting attitudes towards physical and emotional intimacies between men between the late middle ages and early Enlightenment. Judith C. Brown, Immodest Acts: the life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy (1986) A good example of the... Continue Reading →

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