Queer Germany w/ Samuel Huneke
This series features Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, and discusses his book States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany.
This first episode lays the groundwork in the era of German unification, i.e. the mid-late 19th century, discussing the contemporary scholarship on sexuality, German liberalism and the rights available to homosexuals in Germanic states, the influence of the Enlightenment and French Revolution on proto-German laws, conservative ennobling of homoerotic bonding, and more until the WWI.
Picks up at the end of World War I, discussing domestic factors in that loss and the narrative around it, the Weimar constitution and Paragraph 175, queer writers of the time such as Friedrich Radszuweit and Klaus Mann, high profile gay fascists like Ernst Röhm, and more.
Continues the discussion of life in Weimar Germany, why it became seen as the birthplace of modern gay politics, material conditions in a country grappling with the War Guilt Clause during the Great Depression, the influence of queer German exiles on American culture, the rise of the Nazis and their virulent homophobia, fascist aesthetics and queerness, and more.