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Introduction

in Living in Arcadia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226389257
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226389288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226389288.003.0001
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Founded by André Baudry in his Paris apartment in 1954, Arcadie was one of a number of self-designated “homophile” organizations established in various countries in the 1950s to defend the rights of homosexuals. But while groups such as the Mattachine Society in America, Der Kreis in Switzerland, and the COC in Holland have been studied by historians, Arcadie, despite its longevity and its size, has been largely neglected. This neglect may be attributed in part to the fact that homosexuality has had more difficulty establishing itself as an academic field of study in France than in Britain, the United States, and elsewhere. Nevertheless, Arcadie ended as the largest homosexual organization in French history. This book traces the history of Arcadie and investigates the ways of thinking and talking about being homosexual in France from the Liberation until the arrival of AIDS.

Keywords: Arcadie; France; André Baudry; homophile organizations; homosexuality; homosexuals; history

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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