Introduction
Problems and approaches
in Empire and sexuality
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book. The book begins with an examination of the nature of sexuality and of its influence on individuals, taking as examples those with some connection with the empire. It assesses the extent to which an understanding of sexual issues may enhance our perception of race relations in the British empire. The book focuses upon the attitudes and activities of the men who ran the empire. Repression of the sexual instincts is closely linked to 'sublimation', the psychoanalytic concept most commonly employed by historians. In order to understand the sexual aspects of the history of the British empire, it is essential that the historian should have some grasp, basic, of the dynamics of human sexuality as revealed in the work of sexologists and psychoanalysts.

Empire and sexuality

The British Experience

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