Sadomasochism and pain
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Background / Biography:
According to Timothy d'Arch-Smith, Terence White Gervais was also the author of a volume of poetry, Patrick Freed and Other Poems, published by the Fortune Press in 1948. Research online reveals the name to be associated with an article on Italian music in Music and Letters in 1946, an article in the British Journal of Psychology (1955) and a letter to Tribune in 1957.
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Other titles on this theme:
History of Flagellation Among Different Nations, anonymous, London, 1888
The History of Torture Throughout the Ages , George Ryley Scott, London, 1959
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"Amid a world torn and bruised by dissension and misunderstanding of every type, it is a relief to record one human activity which knows no frontiers of race, religion, dialect or epoch. Chastisement is universal: from the ritual fustigations of painted cannibals to the birching of boy-thieves by constables; from the medical castigations of the ancients to the caning of young idlers in Britain or Tibet; from the austere rod of the monks to the flogging bastinado of the Celestial Chinese; from the baby's smack to the flagellation of Wellington's troops; from the prefect's whacking to the lash and truncheon of Hitler's SS; from the prostitute's tanning to the thrashing of kings in Sierra Leone; from the parental beating to the scourging of Saint Paul - personal corporal correction runs like a clear line through the corridors of history.
East as well as West whips; geography, like race, is impotent to change human essentials. The most that occurs is a pendulum, an oscillation, and a diversity in unity, by which chastisement predominates now in one land, now in another, or where men beat in one centry for this purpose, and, in another era, for that. Thus, despite knouts for treason, the schools of Pushkin's Russia were rodless as compared with contemporary Eton under Keate. Thus, too, various nations and diverse epochs have laid a different stress on the respective occasions and purposes of corporal punishment; medical, educational, political, military, judicial, deterrent, joyful, religious, domestic, political, sexual and the rest. In these pages an attempt will be made to discuss each of these aspects in turn, without, however, losing sight of the close interrelation of the myriad purposes and types."
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