Red Love Across the Pacific: Political and Sexual Revolutions of the Twentieth Century

Red Love Across the Pacific: Political and Sexual Revolutions of the Twentieth Century

Heather Bowen-Struyk

Language: English

Pages: 242

ISBN: 1137522003

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This book examines the Red Love vogue that swept across the Asia-Pacific in the 1920s and 1930s as part of a worldwide interest in socialism and follows its trails throughout the twentieth century. Encouraging both political and sexual liberation, Red Love was a transnational movement demonstrating the revolutionary potential of love and desire.













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