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Aftershocks : Politics and Trauma in Britain, 1918-1931

By: Kingsley Kent, Susan, Professor.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008Description: 1 online resource (243 p.).ISBN: 9780230582002.Subject(s): Great Britain - Politics and government - 1910-1936 | Great Britain - Social conditions - 20th century | Great Britain --Politics and government --1910-1936 | Great Britain --Social conditions --20th century | War neuroses - Great Britain - History - 20th century | War neuroses --Great Britain --History --20th century | World War, 1914-1918 - Great Britain - Psychological aspects | World War, 1914-1918 - Psychological aspects - Great Britain | World War, 1914-1918 - Social aspects - Great Britain | World War, 1914-1918 --Great Britain --Psychological aspects | World War, 1914-1918 --Social aspects --Great BritainGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Aftershocks : Politics and Trauma in Britain, 1918-1931DDC classification: 941.083 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Britons' Shattered Psyche; 2 Jews, ""Blacks,"" and the Promises of Radical Conservatism, 1919-1925; 3 The Amritsar Massacre, 1919-1920; 4 Reprisals in Ireland, 1919-1921; 5 The General Strike of 1926; 6 Flappers and the Igbo Women's War of 1929; Conclusion: Resolving the ""National Crisis"" of 1929-1931; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Aftershocks studies how meanings of shellshock and imagery presenting the traumatized psyche as shattered contributed to Britons' understandings of their political selves in the 1920s. It connects the force of emotions to the political culture of a decade which saw extraordinary violence against those regarded as 'un-English'.
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Cover; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Britons' Shattered Psyche; 2 Jews, ""Blacks,"" and the Promises of Radical Conservatism, 1919-1925; 3 The Amritsar Massacre, 1919-1920; 4 Reprisals in Ireland, 1919-1921; 5 The General Strike of 1926; 6 Flappers and the Igbo Women's War of 1929; Conclusion: Resolving the ""National Crisis"" of 1929-1931; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Aftershocks studies how meanings of shellshock and imagery presenting the traumatized psyche as shattered contributed to Britons' understandings of their political selves in the 1920s. It connects the force of emotions to the political culture of a decade which saw extraordinary violence against those regarded as 'un-English'.

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Kent (Univ. of Colorado) links the traumatic impact of the horrendous industrialized warfare of WW I on soldiers, civilians, and the British national psyche to interwar domestic and imperial politics from 1918 to 1931. Drawing on government documents, newspapers, memoirs, novels, and the extensive secondary literature on the period, she argues that individually and collectively, Britons suffered from shell shock and healed their shattered selves by lashing out at others viewed as un-British, dangerous, and comparable to the defeated German enemy. She further argues that in turning to Stanley Baldwin and a Conservative Party that promised safety and national unity, Britons embraced a politics that, if not fascist, reflected a "fascistic sensibility." In her examination of well-known episodes such as the 1919 Amritsar massacre in India, the reprisals committed by the Black and Tans auxiliary troops in the Anglo-Irish War, and the official response to the General Strike of 1926, as well as lesser-known cases such as the 1919 race riots in British cities and the 1929 killing of Igbo women in Nigeria following a demonstration, Kent finds a pattern of unusual violence with racist, anti-Semitic overtones. This thought-provoking book will undoubtedly spark debate and will interest students of WW I, 20th-century Britain, and national identity. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. A. H. Plunkett Piedmont Virginia Community College

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SUSAN KINGSLEY KENT is the author of Sex and Suffrage in Britain, 1860-1914 (1987); Making Peace: The Reconstruction of Gender in Interwar Britain (1993); Gender and Power in Britain, 1640-1990; an etextbook, History of Western Civilization since 1500: An Ecological Approach (2008); and, with Misty Bastian and Marc Matera, The Igbo Women's War of 1929 (forthcoming). She is a Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder.<br> <br>

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