Sex in History

Sex in History

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A long, cool and entertaining look at sexual attitudes, customs and practices in all the world's major civilizations past and present. Drawing on art, architecture, literature and theology, as well as a whole alphabet of scientific disciplines, the author places that great imperative of humanity - the sex drive - in its widest historical perspective. More than a history of sex alone it is a history of relationships between the sexes and a history of how sex and sexuality have influenced the whole course of human more

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  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 439g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Abacus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747405220
  • 9780747405221

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Tannahill's history of sex shows that in sex, as in other aspects of human behaviour, there is no such thing as a new idea. What this book is really about is the peculiarity of the human mind rather than (or maybe as well as) the body, and one of its fascinations is the kaleidoscope of human foolishness where sex is concerned. Shown here are individuals behaving with great cruelty to each other simply because their sexual tastes differ; here too is the cruelty of nature, from the great plagues of venereal disease to the modern plague of AIDS. Tannahill tells her serious story with wit and good humour and the book, while serious, is never pedantic. (Kirkus UK)show more

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