Psychological Trauma and the Legacies of the First World War

  • Jason Crouthamel
  • Peter Leese

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Jason Crouthamel, Peter Leese
    Pages 1-21
  3. Battles over Representations and Perceptions of Traumatized Men

  4. Traumatized Civilians in the Wake of the Great War

  5. Traumatized Medical Cultures

  6. A Coda on Trauma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Mark S. Micale
      Pages 289-310
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 311-335

About this book


This transnational, interdisciplinary study of traumatic neurosis moves beyond the existing histories of medical theory, welfare, and symptomatology. The essays explore the personal traumas of soldiers and civilians in the wake of the First World War; they also discuss how memory and representations of trauma are transmitted between patients, doctors and families across generations. The book argues that so far the traumatic effects of the war have been substantially underestimated. Trauma was shaped by gender, politics, and personality. To uncover the varied forms of trauma ignored by medical and political authorities, this volume draws on diverse sources, such as family archives and narratives by children of traumatized men, documents from film and photography, memoirs by soldiers and civilians. This innovative study challenges us to re-examine our approach to the complex psychological effects of the First World War.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jason Crouthamel
    • 1
  • Peter Leese
    • 2
  1. 1.Grand Valley State University AllendaleUSA
  2. 2.University of Copenhagen CopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-33475-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-33476-9
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