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Gay Warriors
By B. R. Burg

Gay Warriors

A Documentary History from the Ancient World to the Present

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Gay Warriors by B. R. Burg

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In 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."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814798867
ISBN-10: 0814798861
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 151mm x 20mm)
Pages: 299
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Boys at Sea by B. R. Burg Boys at Sea, Hardback (July 2007)

Boys at Sea is a study of homoerotic life in the Royal Navy during the age of sail. The book traces every feature of sexual life at sea, including seduction, rape, prostitution, courts martial, and the punishments meted out to those convicted of violating the stern moral code set down in the Articles of War.

Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition by B. R. Burg Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition, Hardback (January 1995)

Pirates are among the most heavily romanticized and fabled characters in history. This title investigates the social and sexual world of these sea rovers, a tightly bound brotherhood of men engaged in almost constant warfare.

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Author Biography - B. R. Burg

B. R. Burg is Professor of History at Arizona State University and the author of Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition.

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