The Great War and German Memory
Society, Politics and Psychological Trauma, 1914–1945
Jason Crouthamel is Assistant Professor of History at Grand Valley State University, Michigan. He has published several articles on war neurosis and psychological trauma in inter-war Germany and has presented papers on the subject at conferences including those of the American Historical Association, the German Studies Association and the German Historical Institute.
Contents Acknowledgements Introdcution 1 Healing the Nation's Nerves: Imperial Germany at War 2 The War Neurotics Return Home: Psychologically Disabled Veterans and Post-War Society, 1918-1920 3 Neurosis and the Welfare State: The Rise and Fall of the National Pension Law of 1920 4 'The Class Struggle Pyschosis': Working-Class Politics and Psychological Trauma 5 National Socialism and its Discontenst: War Neurosis and Memory under Hitler 6 Nazi Germany's Hidden Psychopaths: Case Studies of Mentally Disabled Veterans in the Third Reich Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
The book is deeply researched and rich in content, detail and interpretation. It is also the most outstanding example of how the memory of the First World War was not only an aesthetic or political issue but also a high-stakes debate over welfare fought out in pension and doctors’ offices over the care of psychologically traumatized veterans.
European History Quarterly 43 (1)
Crouthamel’s book is an insightful addition to the scholarship on Weimar and Nazi Germany.
English Historical Review, Volume 127, No 528
Their story [...] richly deserves the nuanced and balanced reading that Crouthamel provides.
Thomas J. Saunders German Studies Review 35/2
His multifaceted exploration of this theme (…) provides a new dimension to Weimar history. This is a superb study, focusing on the unexplored theme in Weimar/Nazi history which greatly amplifies and clarifies what we had known. The author’s delving into medical records bypassed by other historians, and his handling and articulating the significance of such materials makes this work immensely important in understanding both Weimar and Third Reich history.
Journal of Social History
... Crouthamel's work is a welcome complement to the existing work on war-related psychological issues... Perhaps most central, Crouthamel gives the veterans a voice, albeit one filled with anger and anguish at being mistreated in war and misunderstood in peace.
Journal of Modern History Vol 83, no. 3
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: November 27, 2009