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Gay Warriors : A Documentary History from the Ancient World to the Present - B. R. Burg

Gay Warriors

A Documentary History from the Ancient World to the Present

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"Important...a truly fascinating reading on this controversial subject." --Library Journal"The reprinted documents are what makes Burg's book valuable, and they allow readers to judge for themselves whether gays and lesbians deserve to be fully integrated into the modern military."--The Journal of Sex ResearchIn Ancient Greece and Rome, in Crusader campaigns and pirate adventures, same-sex romances were a common and condoned part of military culture. From the Peloponnesian War to the Gulf War, from Achelleus to Lawrence of Arabia gays and lesbians have played a crucial but often hidden role in military campaigns. But recent debates over the legality of gay service in the military and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy have obscured this rich aspect of military history. Richard Burg has recovered important documents and assembled an anthology on these often invisible gay and lesbian warriors. Burg shows us that the Amazons of legend weren't just fictional. We learn about the richness and variety of their culture in documents from Plato, Seneca and Suetonius. From courts-martial proceedings we discover women warriors in seventeenth century England who passed as men in order to serve, and army officers whose underground culture fostered long-term romantic friendships. There are also sections on the American Civil War, World War I and II, the contemporary U.S. military as well as sailors and pirates. This anthology will forever change the way we think about "gays in the military."

"The reprinted documents are what makes Burg's book valuable, and they allow readers to judge for themselves whether gays and lesbians deserve to be fully integrated into the modern military."

-The Journal of Sex Research

Editorial Notep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Classical Worldp. 5
Amazonsp. 27
The Medieval Templarsp. 65
Eighteenth-Century Warriorsp. 103
Britain and the Wars against Napoleonp. 121
Nineteenth-Century Americans at Warp. 161
The U.S. Navy after World War Ip. 191
World War IIp. 223
The Cold War to the Age of Clintonp. 251
Sourcesp. 287
Permissionsp. 291
Indexp. 293
About the Editorp. 299
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ISBN: 9780814798867
ISBN-10: 0814798861
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 299
Published: 1st December 2001
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.09  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.42