Article ID: CBB531471852

When war came home: air-raid shock in World War I (2021)


During World War I, civilians became a target of the war machine. Air raids transformed the lives of those not involved in active combat and blurred the lines between the home front and the war front. This paper argues that the experience of air raids in World War I was comparable to the combat stress at the Western Front. The author bases her argument on contemporary publications in medical journals, measures taken by British authorities to prevent air-raid shock, and contemporary case records. The narratives of air-raid shock – similarly to those of shell-shocked soldiers – reflect the feelings of terror and loss of control, and demonstrate the profound effect these experiences could have on individuals’ mental health.

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, Edgar
Loughran, Tracey
Michael Robinson
Joanna Park
Louise Neilson
Romano, Marco
Social History of Medicine
Twentieth-Century British History
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Medical History
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Psychology Press
Manchester University Press
Firenze University Press
Cornell University Press
World War I
War neuroses
Mental disorders and diseases
Medicine and the military; medicine in war
Psychology and war
Wagner-Jauregg, Julius von
Roussy, Gustave
Myers, Charles Samuel
Babinski, Joseph
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
Great Britain
Edinburgh (Scotland)
London (England)
United States
Royal Edinburgh Asylum

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