By Susan Kingsley Kent
This e-book examines the influence of collective trauma coming up out of the good struggle at the politics of the Nineteen Twenties in Britain. Aftershocks experiences how meanings of shellshock and imagery featuring the traumatized psyche as shattered contributed to Britons understandings in their political selves within the Twenties. It connects the strength of feelings to the political tradition of a decade which observed amazing violence opposed to these considered as un-English.
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43 Out of work, ﬁnding it difﬁcult to adapt to civilian life, these one-time heroes were now “returned soldiers,” “a problem to their country, if not a bore,” as Rathbone noted. ” Veterans especially resented the apparent failure of postwar society to appreciate the nature of those sacriﬁces, to ask them to go about their lives as if no traces of the wounds of war existed. The sense that civilians had forgotten and betrayed the sacriﬁces made by soldiers plagued many veterans, whose fury sometimes ﬂared into uncontrollable rage.
The war ﬁnished Scrap,” wrote Arnim. ” A persistent “noise” in her head crowded out any possibility of thinking coherently. Her mind “clogged,” she sought quiet that might enable her to “really clear up her mind; really come to some conclusion . . ” Like a piece of paper blown about from place to place, Scrap could not settle or ﬁnd mooring. ” Rose Macaulay’s 1919 What Not, A Prophetic Comedy declared that wars “put a sudden end to many of the best intellects, the keenest, ﬁnest minds, which would have built up the shattered ruins of the world in due time.
Ofﬁcially discouraged from expressing their grief for fear of contributing to the demoralization of the country in wartime, parents who had lost their children, in particular, found themselves under the most terrible stress imaginable. ” “Women crushed down their repulsions, their sorrows and anxieties,” declared Playne, and deadened their souls by ceaseless activities. Still, with all the determination in the world, war brought sorrows that could not be denied or brushed away. So that when the gnawing of some sudden unbearable grief, some irrefutable blow, struck down women at home, the tortured mind found refuge, now and again, in real dementia.
Aftershocks: Politics and Trauma in Britain, 1918-1931 by Susan Kingsley Kent