The story of nudity and nudism in the 20th century is a fascinating one, encompassing not just badminton-playing eccentric innocents, but Weimar Republic libertarians and anarchist radicals.

Despite this (or maybe because of it?), there has been a lack of serious historical reserach on the subject. A new book by Philip Carr-Gomm, A Brief History of Nakedness seeks to go some way to redressing this – and a lengthy review and authorial response are now available on Reviews in History.