Major new work on Czech homosexuality
August 16, 2013
by Laurence Georgin
A major new work on homosexuality in the Czech lands has just been published in Prague by Argo press. The title, which can be translated as ‘Homosexuality in the History and Society of the Czech Lands: I Love Those of My Own Sex‘, completes a trilogy of books which have recently appeared on modern Czech homosexuality and which set out in a range of academic articles the culture and historical context of queers in central Europe. This particular volume concentrates on historical development from the 18th century through to the years of communist Czechoslovakia. It is especially important in breaking through the (usual) focus of such historical studies employing only American or western European examples, and sets out a new basis for research on the history of homosexuality in East-Central Europe. The volume includes a chapter by Mark Cornwall (Southampton) about homosexuality among the nationalist Sudeten Germans in the first half of the 20th century.