The Norwegian historian Nils Johan Ringdal was born in Oslo in 1952. He graduated from Oslo Cathedral School with a Latin-Greek curriculum in 1970 and later studied at the University in Tübingen and The University of Oslo where he majored in history in 1979. He was visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York in 1981-1982 before he began his career as professional writer of history books in Norway.
Ringdal has lectured at the University of Oslo and was chairman of the Historians’ organization, HIFO 1985-1987 and has been a translator, reviewed books for Norwegian newspapers and had his own column in Norwegian gay magazines. He has also been an active athlete and competed in major judo and bodybuilding championships.
Ringdal started his career as a historical writer with smaller books on Norwegian and international contemporary historiography but later proceeded into more wide-ranging fields such as the history of knowledge and urban history and the history of World War II. Norwegian historian Nils Johan Ringdal’s books and articles about such subjects as justice and law enforcement, literary and cultural history, and the German occupation during World War II, reliably arouse debate in his native Norway. His gay autobiographical essays in ”Lystens død?” caused tremendous attention in Norwegian media. His history of the National Theatre caused criticism when published, but has gained authority since. His World history of prostitution is translated to English, German, Danish, Polish and Czech.
Nils Johan Ringdal (6 March 1952 - 11 September 2008) was a Norwegian author and historian. His gay autobiographical essays in ”Lystens død?” caused tremendous attention in Norwegian media. His partner for 30 years, Georg Petersen, a physician, worked for the World Health Organization 1988-2007. Ringdal has lived in Germany, USA, Norway, Switzerland, The Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia. He died on 11 September 2008 in Bali, Indonesia after a long struggle with depression.
Ringdal has lived in Germany, USA, Norway, Switzerland, The Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia. He died on 11 September 2008 in Bali, Indonesia after a long struggle with depression. His partner for 30 years, Georg Petersen, a physician, worked for the World Health Organization 1988-2007. He is now retired and lives in Bali. Ringdal is biographed in Norsk Biografisk leksikon, www.kunnskapsforlaget.no by Hans Fredrik Dahl. Ringdal is also vividly described in “The Times as it knows us” in “The Body and its Dangers” by Allan Burnett, St. Martin’s Press, NY, 1990 – and several Norwegian and international newspapers.
Further Readings :
Love For Sale: A World History of Prostitution by Nils Johan Ringdal
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Grove Press (January 18, 2005)
Amazon: Love For Sale: A World History of Prostitution
From the Whore of Babylon to Pretty Woman, the exchange of sex for money is often cited as the oldest profession. Now, eminent historian Nils Johan Ringdal delivers a magisterial, extremely readable world history of this most maligned—and most persistent—form of human commerce. Beginning with the epic of Gilgamesh, the Old Testament, and ancient cultures from Greece to India and beyond, Love for Sale takes the reader on a tour through the entire recorded history of prostitution up to the modern red-light district. It shows how different societies have dealt with prostitutes: ancient Greece, Rome, and India incorporated them into several social echelons, including the priestess class; their close relations with artists in 19th-century Europe made them muses to the modern sensibility; and the Victorians campaigned against them. Love for Sale closes with Sydney Biddle Barrows, the rise of the sex-workers' rights movement and contemporary "sex-positive" feminism, and a realistic look at the true risks and rewards of prostitution in the present day.
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