Eine Begleiterin der Menschheit / A Companion of Mankind
Prostitution seems to be as old as humanity itself and is consequently not described as the «oldest profession» without cause. This anthology is an interdisciplinary, chronological and regional extensive approach to analyze the phenomenon. It provides a broad historical, sociological, cultural, and gender perspective on prostitution for the academic as well as the interested reader alike. It examines the role of prostitutes in society, the reception of the profession per se and the conditions due to which it is established.
Addio, Wanda! Merlin Law and the Abolition of Case Chiuse in Italy
Before Merlin Law
Prostitution as a business thrived in the Middle-Ages in Europe and Italy makes no exception. However, it didn’t receive a great state attention until the fifteenth century. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies granted the first license for a brothel in 1432; the Republic of Venice and other kingdoms followed, the Papal State included. A new way of dealing with prostitution appeared in the eighteenth century with Napoleon and the French Réglementation. Réglementarisme means that prostitution was a legal business, but it was somehow regulated by the state. For example, Napoleon ordered a registration in a special registry and a health inspection twice a week for all prostitutes.
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