Forgotten Lunatics of the Great War

Forgotten Lunatics of the Great War

by Peter Barham
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300103794

ISBN-13: 9780300103793

Pub. Date: 08/30/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

"Although the shell-shocked British soldier of World War I has been a favoured subject in both fiction and nonfiction, focus has been on the stories of officers, and the history of the thousands of rank-and-file servicemen who were psychiatric casualties, and put into lunatic asylums, has never been told. Drawing on records from the front lines, case histories,…  See more details below

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"Although the shell-shocked British soldier of World War I has been a favoured subject in both fiction and nonfiction, focus has been on the stories of officers, and the history of the thousands of rank-and-file servicemen who were psychiatric casualties, and put into lunatic asylums, has never been told. Drawing on records from the front lines, case histories, personal letters and war pensions files, this profoundly moving book recounts the poignant, sometimes ribald life stories of this neglected group for the first time." Peter Barham shows how public feeling about the injustice being shown to servicemen who had become 'insane through fighting for their country' resulted in the emergence of the People's Lunatic, producing major concessions from the authorities. He examines the fate of the People's Lunatic in the class antagonisms between the wars and the uphill struggles that ex-servicemen faced trying to secure justice from the ironic behemoth that was the Ministry of Pensions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300103793
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/30/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.71(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : the hosier and the imbecile go to war11
Ch. 1The new lunacy protest31
Ch. 2'D ward (imbecile)'47
Ch. 3The Napsbury cast55
Ch. 4'Greetings from Napsbury'76
Coda : Albert goes to war again94
Ch. 5'Insane through fighting for their country'99
Ch. 6Justice for the citizen soldier112
Coda : Albert gets a war psychosis pension134
Ch. 7How the weak progress139
Ch. 8Psychosis and life150
Ch. 9Family fortunes167
Ch. 10Officialdom and the pensioner181
Ch. 11'A very public madness'199
Ch. 12Demobbed to the asylum211
Coda : a disappointed homecoming222
Ch. 13'Any man in any street'231
Ch. 14Lunatic officers253
Ch. 15'Hardening'267
Ch. 16The service patients between the wars286
Coda : Connie and Alex309
Ch. 17Independent lives313
Ch. 18War psychosis pentathlons327
Ch. 19Caring : families and doctors340
Ch. 20Futures355
Coda : the captain's valedictory letter359
Afterword : remembering the forgotten lunatics364
App. IThe map of service lunacy371
App. IIThe burden of costs374

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