This volume brings together for the first time a series of studies on the social history of venereal disease in modern Europe and its former colonies. It explores, from a comparative perspective, the responses of legal, medical and political authorities to the 'Great Scourge'. In particular, how such responses reflected and shaped social attitudes towards sexuality and social relationships of class, gender, generation and race.
Introduction Roger Davidson and Lesley Hall1. Syphilis and Prostitution: a Regulatory Couplet in Nineteenth-Century France Andrew Aisenberg2. Passing the 'Black Judgement': Swedish Social Policy on Venereal Disease in the Early Twentieth Century Anna Lundberg3. 'The Shadow of Contagion': Gender, Syphilis and the Regulation of Prostitution in the Netherlands, 1870-1900 Petra de Vries4. Doctors, Social Medicine and VD in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Spain Ramon Castejon-Bolea5. 'The Fatherland is in Danger, Save the Fatherland!': Venereal Disease, Sexuality and Gender in Imperial and Weimar Germany Lutz Sauerteig6. Visions of Sexual Health and Illness in Revolutionary Russia Frances Bernstein7. Venereal Disease and Society in Britain, from the Contagious Diseases Acts to the National Health Service Lesley Hall8. 'The Thorns of Love': Sexuality, Syphilis and Social Control in Modern Italy Bruno Wanrooij9. Public Health, Venereal Disease and Colonial Medicine in the Later Nineteenth Century Philippa Levine10. Health and Empire: Britain's National Campaign to Combat Venereal Diseases in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore Kerrie MacPherson11. Venereal Disease, Sexuality and Society in Uganda Michael Tuck12. Women, Venereal Disease and the Control of Female Sexuality in Post-War Hamburg Michaela Freund13. 'The Price of the Permissive Society': the Epidemiology and Control of VD and STDs in Late Twentieth-Century Scotland Roger Davidson14. Sexually Transmitted Disease Policy in the English National Health Service, 1948-98: Continuity and Social Change David Evans