by Jane T. Costlow (Editor), Stephanie Sandler (Editor), Judith Vowles (Editor) Paperback - 372 pages Reprint edition (June 1999)
This comprehensive publication is an indispensable tool for any researcher in the field of Russian sexuality in general and Russian gay sexuality in particular. The editor did a huge work collecting essays from authors of different origins, backgrounds, and viewpoints to present them under this cover.
Scholarly papers follow personal anecdotes here, but that does not prevent the structure book from being logical and easy to read. It is worth noting that the book is cited as a reference source in all other books presented on this page.
THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION IN RUSSIA: FROM THE AGE OF THE CZARS TO TODAY
by Igor Semyonovich Kon, James Riordan (Translator) Hardcover - 337 pages (June 1995)
Kon started his academic career with degrees in history and philosophy. He reached his present eminence as Russia's foremost sexologist (something he reluctantly admits) through his work in ethnography and anthropology, and his books remain the only nonmedical books on sex available in Russia. From the furtive character of nineteenth-century Russian erotica (overlaid with peasant prudery and reflecting attitudes then prevalent throughout Europe) to the brief explosion of liberalism after the revolution to the gray puritanism of the Soviets, Russian states have done their best to eliminate sex as a subject for public discourse. Kon has done a yeoman's job in pulling together information from many disparate and sometimes sketchy sources to provide a history of sexual attitudes and behavior in Russia in the twentieth century. Although he apologizes for intruding personal anecdotal evidence into a scholarly work, these supposed intrusions add an engaging human dimension to the data. --Dennis Winters, Booklist
Read the edited chapter on the Russian gay history generously contributed by Professor Kon>>