Landscapes of Trauma: The Psychology of the Battlefield

1st Edition

Nigel Hunt

Routledge
September 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9781138287723 - CAT# Y317305

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Summary

Integrating trauma studies with historical research and social psychology, Landscapes of Trauma examines a range of battlefields from across history, including Waterloo, the Battle of Sedan, the Battle of the Ebro, and the Battle of Normandy, to bring to light what these battlefields say about our collective and individual psyches.

Hunt explores how the trauma of war is shaped not only by its innate horror but also by the historical and societal contexts it is fought in, from the cultural and social conventions of the period to the topography of the settings. This book provides a deeper analysis of how war is experienced and remembered in different eras and by different generations. Moving beyond the clinical concept of post-traumatic stress disorder, Hunt discusses how trauma can be understood socially and historically, as well as through the lens of individual suffering. This book also investigates the psychological foundations of memorialisation, remembrance and commemoration, which shape the legacy of the battles discussed.

Using interviews with veterans, their letters, journals, and diaries, as well as literary and historical sources, Hunt locates the battlefield as a place where humans explore the parameters of human behaviour, thought and emotion. This book is in important resource for students and scholars interested in the psychology of trauma and war, as well as military history.

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