by Lesley A. Hall

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A number of recent reviews cannot be posted here because the journals in question put them on their own websites, which require subscription or payment to view.

Götz Aly and Michael Sontheimer (trans. by Shelley Frisch), Fromms: How Julius Fromm's Condom Empire Fell to the Nazis [External link]

Chris Beasley, Gender and Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers

J Miriam Benn, Predicaments of Love

Lucy Bland, Banishing the Beast (with Margaret Jackson The Real Facts of Life)

Ruth Brandon, The New Women and the Old Men: Love, Sex, and the Woman Question

Janet Farrell Brodie, Contraception and Abortion in Nineteenth Century America

M. L. Bush, What is Love?: Richard Carlile's Philosophy of Sex

Censorship and moral reform: joint review of Nicholas de Jongh, Politics, Prudery and Perversions: the censoring of the English stage 1901-1968, Alan Hunt, Governing Morals: A social history of moral regulation, and Alan Travis, Bound and Gagged: A secret history of obscenity in Britain

The Clitoris: Forbidden Pleasure: review of video

Lisa Forman Cody, Birthing the Nation: Sex, Science, and the Conception of Eighteenth-Century Britons: review online at H-Net Reviews

Hera Cook, The Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975

James Covert, A Victorian Marriage: Mandell and Louise Creighton

Peter Cryle and Christopher E Forth (eds), Sexuality at the fin de siècle: the making of a “central problem” (external link)

Richard Davenport-Hines, Sex Death and Punishment: Attitudes to sex and sexuality in Britain since the Renaissance

Gerard de Groot, Blighty: British Society in the Era of the Great War

Ian Robert Dowbiggin, Keeping America Sane: Psychiatry and Eugenics in the United States and Canada, 1880-1940

Nadja Durbach, Bodily Matters: The Anti-Vaccination Movement in England, 1853-1907

Clare Eustance and Angela John, The Men's Share? Masculinities, Male Support and Women's Suffrage in Britain, 1890-1920

Janet Foster, AIDS archives in the UK

Louise Foxcroft, Hot Flushes, Cold Science: A History of the Modern Menopause

Susan K Freeman, Sex Goes to School: Girls and Sex Education before the 1960s

Sabine Frühstück, Colonizing Sex: Sexology and Social Control in Modern Japan

M. Gijswijt-Hofstra, G. M. Van Heteren and E. M. Tansey, Biographies of Remedies: Drugs, Medicines and Contraceptives in Dutch and Anglo-American Healing Cultures

Cate Haste, Rules of Desire: Sex in Britain: World War I to the Present; plus commissioned but never published brief notice of the 2002 reissue.

Kay Heath, Aging by the Book: The Emergence of Midlife in Victorian Britain (external link)

Harry Hendrick, Images of Youth: Age, Class, and the Male Youth Problem, 1880-1920

Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Rereading Sex: Battles over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth Century America

Matt Houlbrook and Harry Cocks, The Modern History of Sexuality: my on-line review can be found at Reviews in History

Matt Houlbrook, Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957

Nicola Humble, The Feminine Middlebrow Novel 1920s to 1950s: Class, Domesticity and Bohemianism

Ronald Hyam, Empire and Sexuality: The British Experience

Sheila Jeffreys, Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution

Thomas W. Laqueur, Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation

Nicky Leap and Billie Hunter, The Midwife's Tale: An Oral History from Handywoman to Professional Midwife

Doris H Linder, Crusader for Sex Education: Elise Ottesen-Jensen (1886-1973) in Scandinavia and on the International Scene

Maria Luddy, Prostitution and Irish Society, 1800-1940

Angus McLaren, Twentieth-century Sexuality

Roberta McGrath, Seeing Her Sex: Medical Archives and the Female Body (The Critical Image)

Diane Mason, The secret vice: Masturbation in Victorian fiction and medical culture

Michael Mason, The Making of Victorian Sexuality

Kate Millett, The Loony Bin Trip

Claudia Nelson and Ann Sumner Holmes, Maternal Instincts: Visions of Motherhood and Sexuality in Britain, 1875-1925

Chris Nottingham, The Pursuit of Serenity: Havelock Ellis and the New Politics: my on-line review can be found at Reviews in History.

Harry Oosterhuis, Stepchildren of Nature: Krafft-Ebing, Psychiatry, and the Making of Sexual Identity

Julie Peakman, Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-century England

Carmel Quinlan, Genteel Revolutionaries: Anna and Thomas Haslam, Pioneers of Irish Feminism

Leslie J Reagan, When Abortion was a Crime: Women, medicine, and law in the United States, 1867-1973

Barry Reay, Watching Hannah: Sexuality, Horror and Bodily De-formation in Victorian England

Angelique Richardson, Love and Eugenics in the Late Nineteenth Century: Rational Reproduction and the New Woman

John Riddle, Eve's Herbs: A History of Contraception and Abortion in the West

George Robb and Nancy Erber (eds) Disorder in the Court: Trials and Sexual Conflict at the Turn of the Century

Vernon A. Rosario (ed.), Science and Homosexualities

June Rose, Marie Stopes and the Sexual Revolution

Judith Rowbotham and Kim Stevenson (eds), Behaving Badly: Social Panic and Moral Outrage – Victorian and Modern Parallels

Katharina Rowold, The Educated Woman: Minds, Bodies, and Women's Higher Education in Britain, Germany, and Spain, 1865–1914 [external link]

Gavin Schaffer, Racial Science and British Society, 1930-62 [external link]

Wally Seccombe, Weathering the Storm: Working-Class Families from the Industrial Revolution to the Fertility Decline

Kevin Siena, Venereal Disease, Hospitals and the Urban Poor: London’s “Foul Wards,” 1600-1800

Virgina Smith, Clean: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity

W T Stead, The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon: The Report of the Secret Commission. edited by Antony E Simpson

Jean Stengers and Anne van Neck: Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror

Jennifer Terry, An American Obsession : Science, Medicine, and the Place of Homosexuality in Modern Society

Randolph Trumbach, Sex and the Gender Revolution, Volume One: Heterosexuality and the Third Gender in Enlightenment London

Charles Upchurch, Before Wilde: Sex Between Men in Britain's Age of Reform

Judith R. Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London

Jeff Weeks, Making Sexual History

A. Susan Williams, The People's King

Helena Wojtczak, Women of Victorian Sussex: their status, occupations, and dealings with the law, 1830-1870

These originally appeared in American Historical Review, Archives, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Canadian Journal of History, Continuity and Change, Cultural and Social History, Feminist Review, Galton Institute Newsletter, Gewina:Journal for the History of Medicine, Science, Mathematics and Technology, Gothic Studies, Herstoria, History of Psychiatry, H-Albion, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Journal of the History of Sexuality, The London Journal, Medical History, Metascience, Midland History, Nineteenth Century Gender Studies, Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, Social History, Social History of Medicine, Urban History, Victorian Studies, Victorians Institute Journal, Women's History Magazine, Women's History Review, between 1991 and 2010.

Here are some very early reviews of mine which appeared in Medical History, 1981-1996 (external links to PubMed Central):

Audrey Leathard, The Fight for Family Planning

London Feminist History Group, The sexual dynamics of history: men's power, women's resistance

Hilary Bourdillon, Women as healers: a history of women and medicine

Little grey partridge: the diary of Ishobel Ross, Serbia 1916–1917

Judith Moore, A zeal for responsibility: the struggle for professional nursing in Victorian England, 1868–1883

Darlene Clark Hine, Black women in white: racial conflict and cooperation in the nursing profession, 1890–1950

Ann Oakley and A Susan Williams, The politics of the welfare state

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