This volume brings together for the first time a series of studies on the social history of venereal disease in modern Europe and its former colonies. It explores, from a comparative perspective, the responses of legal, medical and political authorities to the 'Great Scourge'. In particular, how such responses reflected and shaped social attitudes towards sexuality and social relationships of class, gender, generation and race.

chapter |14 pages


ByRoger Davidson, Lesley A. Hall

chapter |14 pages

Syphilis and Prostitution

A regulatory couplet in nineteenth-century France
ByAndrew Aisenberg

chapter |15 pages

Passing the ‘Black Judgement'

Swedish social policy on venereal disease in the early twentieth century
ByAnna Lundberg

chapter |17 pages

‘The Shadow of Contagion'

Gender, syphilis and the regulation of prostitution in the Netherlands, 1870–1914
ByPetra de Vries

chapter |17 pages

‘The Fatherland is in Danger, Save the Fatherland!'

Venereal disease, sexuality and gender in Imperial and Weimar Germany
ByLutz D. H. Sauerteig

chapter |23 pages

‘The Thorns of Love'

Sexuality, syphilis and social control in modern Italy
ByBruno P. F. Wanrooij

chapter |18 pages

Health and Empire

Britain's national campaign to combat venereal diseases in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore
ByKerrie L. MacPherson

chapter |14 pages

Venereal Disease, Sexuality and Society in Uganda

ByMichael W. Tuck

chapter |17 pages

‘The Price of the Permissive Society'

The epidemiology and control of VD and STDs in late-twentieth-century Scotland
ByRoger Davidson

chapter |16 pages

Sexually Transmitted Disease Policy in the English National Health Service, 1948–2000

Continuity and social change
ByDavid Evans