The War Come Home: Disabled Veterans in Britain and Germany, 1914-1939 / Edition 1

The War Come Home: Disabled Veterans in Britain and Germany, 1914-1939 / Edition 1

by Deborah Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520220080

ISBN-13: 9780520220089

Pub. Date: 10/30/2001

Publisher: University of California Press


Disabled veterans were the First World War's most conspicuous legacy. Nearly eight million men in Europe returned from the First World War permanently disabled by injury or disease. In The War Come Home, Deborah Cohen offers a comparative analysis of the very different ways in which two belligerent nations--Germany and Britain--cared for their…  See more details below

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Disabled veterans were the First World War's most conspicuous legacy. Nearly eight million men in Europe returned from the First World War permanently disabled by injury or disease. In The War Come Home, Deborah Cohen offers a comparative analysis of the very different ways in which two belligerent nations--Germany and Britain--cared for their disabled.

At the heart of this book is an apparent paradox. Although postwar Germany provided its disabled veterans with generous benefits, they came to despise the state that favored them. Disabled men proved susceptible to the Nazi cause. By contrast, British ex-servicemen remained loyal subjects, though they received only meager material compensation. Cohen explores the meaning of this paradox by focusing on the interplay between state agencies and private philanthropies on one hand, and the evolving relationship between disabled men and the general public on the other.

Written with verve and compassion, The War Come Home describes in affecting detail disabled veterans' lives and their treatment at the hands of government agencies and private charities in Britain and Germany. Cohen's study moves from the intimate confines of veterans' homes to the offices of high-level bureaucrats; she tells of veterans' protests, of disabled men's families, and of the well-heeled philanthropists who made a cause of the war's victims. This superbly researched book provides an important new perspective on the ways in which states and societies confront the consequences of industrialized warfare.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520220089
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/30/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Reconciliation and Stability

PART I: CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE GREAT WAR'S AFTERMATH

1. A Voluntary Peace: British Veterans, Philanthropy, and the State
A Land Fit for Heroes
The Voluntarists Take Charge
Service, Not Self

2. The Nation Accused: German Veterans and the State Regulation of Charity
The Thanks of the Fatherland
Benevolence Regulated
Veterans versus the Public

PART II: THE WAR'S RETURNS

3. Life as a Memorial: Ex-Servicemen at the Margins of British Society
Seeking Work
The Objects of Charity
Shattered Soldier Laughs at Fate

4. Life Reconstructed: The Reintegration of German Veterans
The Iron Will to Work
The Subjects of Welfare
For Wounded and Unconquered Soldiers
Conclusion

Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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