Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain 1914-30

Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain 1914-30

by Fiona Reid
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Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain 1914-30 by Fiona Reid

Shell shock achieved a very high political profile in the years 1919-1922. Publications ranging from John Bull to the Morning Post insisted that shell-shocked men should be treated with respect, and the Minister for Health announced that the government was committed to protecting shell-shocked men from the stigma of lunacy. Yet at the same time, many mentally-wounded veterans were struggling with a pension system which was failing to give them security. It is this conflict between the political rhetoric and the lived experience of many wounded veterans that explains why the government was unable to dispel the negative wartime assessment of official shell-shock treatment. There was also a real conflict between the government's wish to forget shell shock whilst memorialising the war and remembering the war dead. As a result of these contradictions, shell shock was not forgotten, on the contrary, the shell-shocked soldier quickly grew to symbolise the confusions and inconsistencies of the Great War.

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ISBN-13: 9781441161444
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Fiona Reid is Deputy Head of Humanities at the University of Glamorgan, UK. She is the co-editor of Women on the Move: Refugees, Migration and Exile (2010) and is currently working on responses to facial injury during the First World War.
Fiona Reid is Associate Head of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of South Wales, UK, where she teaches modern European History. She is the author of Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain, 1914-1930 and a co-author (with Sharif Gemie and Laure Humbert) of Outcast Europe: Refugees and Relief Workers in an Era of Total War, 1936-1948 (2011).

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