Traumatic Memories of the Second World War and After

  • Peter Leese
  • Jason Crouthamel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Peter Leese, Jason Crouthamel
    Pages 1-19
  3. Archive

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Sophie Delaporte
      Pages 23-46
    3. Susan Derwin
      Pages 47-65
  4. Wartime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
  5. Postwar

  6. Recollection

  7. Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż
      Pages 223-244
  8. A Coda on Trauma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Joanna Bourke
      Pages 269-289
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 291-310

About this book


This collection investigates the social and cultural history of trauma to offer a comparative analysis of its individual, communal, and political effects in the twentieth century. Particular attention is given to witness testimony, to procedures of personal memory and collective commemoration, and to visual sources as they illuminate the changing historical nature of trauma. The essays draw on diverse methodologies, including oral history, and use varied sources such as literature, film and the broadcast media. The contributions discuss imaginative, communal and political responses, as well as the ways in which the later welfare of traumatized individuals is shaped by medical, military, and civilian institutions. Incorporating innovative methodologies and offering a thorough evaluation of current research, the book shows new directions in historical trauma studies. 


shell shock in war gender and warfare psychology of warfare 20th century warfare psychology civilian casualties and war

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Leese
    • 1
  • Jason Crouthamel
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Grand Valley State UniversityAllendaleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-33469-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-33470-7
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