Re: Karl Heinrich Ulrichs and the early sexologists

Thanks all! Ross, I have printed off your article!

Pieter, Ulrichs wrote to quite a number of leading forensic psychiatrists of his day and ended up having a correspondence with Krafft-Ebing over several decades (though we only know of that because Krafft-Ebing refers to it in a letter and is quoted by Ulrichs). He was a bit of a monomaniac though may have tried to involve others. By "other then gay activists" I presume you mean Kertbeny? Or did you mean people other THAN gay activists? I'd be interested though in your chapter.

Re: Gender and World History

I agree with what Kara has said already, and would like to expand on a few of her points. First, though, I think that perhaps because gender is constructed contextually, specific to the societies and cultures in which norms develop, it has been difficult for some to see how gender history could be done as world history. However, as Kara has pointed out, prioritizing gender as a lens, as opposed to needing its construction to be the same across the globe, is a way forward.

Ambassador Frederic L. Chapin

Hello everyone,

Does anyone know if Frederic Chapin donated his papers to a university library and, if so, which institution? Chapin's ambassadorship to Guatemala coincided with a pivotal moment in Guatemalan history, and would be an ideal source for those of us interested in U.S.-Guatemalan relations.



Michael Cangemi

Re: Karl Heinrich Ulrichs and the early sexologists

Dear Douglas,

I'm not sure he actually communicated with scientists of his day - I believe he was rather monomaniacal - but he did read their work and used it to his own advantage (much to the displeasure of other then gay activists). He was familiar, for example, with an extensive discussion in entomology about same-sex copulation in cockchafers. I just finished a chapter on this discussion, which includes a few pages on Ulrichs. I can send you a copy if you're interested.

Best wishes,

Pieter R. Adriaens

Re: Karl Heinrich Ulrichs and the early sexologists

Hello Douglas,
This is a great subject - Ulrichs was influenced by a number of different scientific disciplines and that influence is apparent in his writings in all kinds of ways. You might be interested in my article "Transforming Sexuality: The Medical Sources of Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (1825-1895) and the Origins of the Theory of Bisexuality," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 67 (2012), 177-216.
All the best,


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