- Why was shell-shock so shocking?
- How did medical, military and social responses to shell-shock evolve during and in the aftermath of the First World War?
- How did reactions to shell-shock influence psychiatric practice more generally?
- What’s in a name? What were the implications of the emergence of the term ‘combat exhaustion’?
** Tracey Loughran, ‘Shell-Shock and Pyschological Medicine in First World War Britain’, Social History of Medicine, 22 (2009), 79-95. e-journal
** Peter Barham, Forgotten Lunatics of the Great War (Yale University Press, 2004). Several copies in library
** Ben Shephard, A War of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists 1914-1994 (London: Jonathan Cape, 2000). Multiple copies in library
** Hans Binneveld, From Shellshock to Combat Stress: A Comparative History of Military Psychiatry (Amsterdam University Press, 1997), esp. chs. VI and VII ‘From Shell Shock to Combat Stress’ and ‘Therapy in Wartime’, ch. VI. Multiple copies in library
** Journal of Contemporary History, Shell-Shock Issue, edited by Jay Winter, 35 (no. 1) (January, 2000) (excellent collection of articles). e-journal
** Joanna Bourke, ‘Disciplining the Emotions: Fear, Psychiatry and the Second World War’, in R. Cooter, M. Harrison and S. Sturdy (eds), War, Medicine and Modernity (Stroud: Sutton, 1998), pp. 225-38. Available via Talis Aspire
** Elaine Showalter, Hystories: Hysterical Epidemics and Modern Culture (Columbia University Press, 1997).Multiple copies in library
** Ted Bogacz, ‘War Neurosis and Cultural Change in England, 1914-22: The Work of the War Office Committee of Enquiry into “Shell-Shock”’, Journal of Contemporary History, 24 (1989), 227-56. e-journal
* Martin Stone, ‘Shellshock and the Psychologists’, Anatomy of Madness II, pp. 242-71.
* Harold Merskey, ‘Shell-Shock’, in 150 Years of British Psychiatry, pp. 245-67.
* Joanna Bourke, Dismembering the Male: Men's Bodies, Britain and the Great War (London: Reaktion, 1996), pp. 107-23. Mulitple copies in libary
Wendy Holden, Shell Shock (London: Channel 4 Books, 1998).
** Julie M. Powell, 'Shock Troupe: Medical Film and the Performance of "Shell Shock" for the British Nation at War', Social History of Medicine, 30 (2017), 323-45. e-journal
Fiona Reid, Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain 1914-30 (London: Continuum, 2010). e-book
* Paul Lerner, Hysterical Men: War, Psychiatry and the Politics of Trauma in Germany, 1890-1930 (Cornell University Press, 2003).
* Mark S. Micale and Paul Lerner (eds), Traumatic Pasts: History, Psychiatry, and Trauma in the Modern Age, 1870-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2001) (includes useful essays on shellshock in various national contexts). e-book
Eric T. Dean, Shook over Hell: Post-Traumatic Stress, Vietnam, and the Civil War (Harvard University Press, 1997).
Eric T. Dean, ‘War and Psychiatry: Examining the Diffusion Theory in the Light of the Insanity Defence in Post-World War I Britain’, History of Psychiatry, 4 (1993), 61-82. e-journal
Harold Merskey, ‘After Shell-Shock: Aspects of Hysteria since
1922’, in 150 Years of British Psychiatry II, pp. 89-118.
* Elizabeth Roberts-Pederson, 'The Hard School: Physical Treatments for War Neurosis in Britain during the Second World War', Social History of Medicine, 29 (2016), 611-32. e-journal
* Ben Shephard, ‘“Pitiless Psychology”: The Role of Prevention in British Military Psychiatry in the Second World War’, History of Psychiatry, 10 (1999), 491-524. e-journal
Anthony Babington, Shell-Shock: A History of the Changing Attitudes to War Neurosis (London: Leo Cooper, 1997). e-book
* Pat Barker, Regeneration (Penguin, 1991). (A copy of the film is in Short loan collection)