Forgotten Lunatics of the Great War

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $10.21
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 80%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (15) from $10.21   
  • New (5) from $44.24   
  • Used (10) from $10.21   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New Book. Shipped from UK within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000.

Ships from: Horcott Rd, Fairford, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand New, Perfect Condition, Please allow 4-14 business days for delivery. 100% Money Back Guarantee, Over 1,000,000 customers served.

Ships from: Batavia, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:


Condition: New

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
2004 Hardcover New Book New and in stock. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able ... to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Morden, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


Although the shell-shocked British soldier of World War I has been a favored subject in both fiction and nonfiction, focus has been on the stories of officers, and the history of the rank-and-file servicemen who were psychiatric casualties has never been told. This profoundly moving book recounts the poignant, sometimes ribald histories of this neglected group for the first time.

Peter Barham draws on reports from the front lines, case histories, personal letters, and war pensions files to trace the lives and fortunes of a large cast of ex-servicemen who suffered mental breakdowns. He describes their confinements to asylums, the reactions of families to their relatives’ plight, the turmoil of the soldiers when they returned home—and the uphill struggle they faced trying to secure justice from the bureaucratic labyrinth that was the Ministry of Pensions. His book gives a new perspective to the impact of the Great War and to current controversies about disputed postwar maladies.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Like many successful histories, this is a study that allows the past to speak for itself without the historian getting in the way.”—Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Telegraph

“Barham charts the saga(s) of bureaucratic indifference, callous ignorance and class prejudice with commendable restraint.”—Sian Busby, The Times (London)

Library Journal
During World War I, thousands of British servicemen were diagnosed with mental illness brought on, according to military doctors, by such non-combat related causes as hereditary "imbecility." While these men were being shunted off to insane asylums as incurables, many officers with similar symptoms were diagnosed with "neurasthenia," which was assumed to be treatable. Barham postulates that the contradictory diagnoses were the result of class bias and the association of insanity with the ideology of the Poor Law, which treated indigents as guilty of moral failings. The war changed attitudes as the citizen army, and the public, demanded respect for veterans. Barham skillfully navigates a labyrinth of medical establishments, governmental bureaucracies, and civil-military relations in recounting the transformation of attitudes and social services related to the treatment of lunatics. Barham ends his provocative book by asserting that it took the Great War to demonstrate that there was "something seriously awry" with psychiatry. Recommended for all libraries.-Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300103793
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Barham is a psychologist and social historian of mental health. He has published widely on mental health issues.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Prologue : the hosier and the imbecile go to war 11
Ch. 1 The new lunacy protest 31
Ch. 2 'D ward (imbecile)' 47
Ch. 3 The Napsbury cast 55
Ch. 4 'Greetings from Napsbury' 76
Coda : Albert goes to war again 94
Ch. 5 'Insane through fighting for their country' 99
Ch. 6 Justice for the citizen soldier 112
Coda : Albert gets a war psychosis pension 134
Ch. 7 How the weak progress 139
Ch. 8 Psychosis and life 150
Ch. 9 Family fortunes 167
Ch. 10 Officialdom and the pensioner 181
Ch. 11 'A very public madness' 199
Ch. 12 Demobbed to the asylum 211
Coda : a disappointed homecoming 222
Ch. 13 'Any man in any street' 231
Ch. 14 Lunatic officers 253
Ch. 15 'Hardening' 267
Ch. 16 The service patients between the wars 286
Coda : Connie and Alex 309
Ch. 17 Independent lives 313
Ch. 18 War psychosis pentathlons 327
Ch. 19 Caring : families and doctors 340
Ch. 20 Futures 355
Coda : the captain's valedictory letter 359
Afterword : remembering the forgotten lunatics 364
App. I The map of service lunacy 371
App. II The burden of costs 374
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)