By Peter Leese, Jason Crouthamel
This assortment investigates the social and cultural heritage of trauma to provide a comparative research of its person, communal, and political results within the 20th century. specific realization is given to witness testimony, to strategies of private reminiscence and collective commemoration, and to visible assets as they remove darkness from the altering old nature of trauma. The essays draw on various methodologies, together with oral heritage, and use diversified resources corresponding to literature, movie and the published media. The contributions talk about creative, communal and political responses, in addition to the ways that the later welfare of traumatized contributors is formed by way of clinical, army, and civilian associations. Incorporating cutting edge methodologies and providing a radical assessment of present study, the e-book exhibits new instructions in old trauma studies.
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CROUTHAMEL Second, like Susan Derwin, Maria Kobielska makes a close reading of cultural artefacts. Not an “internal” analysis of the text within itself, but a social reading of how particular items—a state-sponsored commemoration campaign, a feature film, a poem published in the wake of 1989— express an evolving, re-interpretive use of the past. This broader form of cultural analysis is familiar in relation to some well-known, major events such as the First World War, but remains underused for the examination of many other moments less familiar in the western memory “canon”.
Let us recall here the example of the recent operations in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom). While exact figures exist for the number of fatalities and injuries, the number of “psychically injured” appears more difficult to quantify. The medical discourse is predominantly based on epidemiological surveys. For the historian, these surveys are easy to use: the essential information is found in the summary while the rest of the survey is generally confined to statistical methods.
DELAPORTE practically all the surveys conducted on populations of “war-neurotic” veterans. Tuddenham,13 20 years after the end of World War II, that attention focused on the occurrence of aftereffects. In this study, the authors drew a comparison between “neurotic” and “non-neurotic” patients. They emphasized the persistence of common symptoms in these two groups: high anxiety, loss of attention and concentration, sleep disturbance, recurring nightmares and various somatizations, a set of symptoms that characterize psychic trauma.
Traumatic Memories of the Second World War and After by Peter Leese, Jason Crouthamel