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The Great War and German MemorySociety, Politics and Psychological Trauma, 1914-1945$
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Jason Crouthamel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780859898423

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859898423.001.0001

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Healing the Nation's Nerves

Healing the Nation's Nerves

Imperial Germany at War

(p.15) Chapter 1 Healing the Nation's Nerves
The Great War and German Memory

Jason Crouthamel

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses the experiences of German soldiers in the trenches and the origins of ‘war neurosis’. It explores attempts by doctors to diagnose, control and stigmatize men who suffered mental wounds as unmanly fakers. Most doctors argued that these men were hereditarily ill and that their symptoms were inherent rather than combat-induced. Traumatized men were excluded from pensions and treated as criminals and deviants. This chapter explores how traumatized men experienced and characterized the violence that shattered their minds.

Keywords:   Imperial Germany, Psychiatric medicine, War neurosis, Trenches, German soldiers, War hysteria, masculinity

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