Book ID: CBB592428650

Diagnosing Dissent: Hysterics, Deserters, and Conscientious Objectors in Germany During World War One (2020)


Rebecca Ayako Bennette (Author)

Cornell University Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 240
Language: English

Although physicians during World War I, and scholars since, have addressed the idea of disorders such as shell shock as inchoate flights into sickness by men unwilling to cope with war's privations, they have given little attention to the agency many soldiers actually possessed to express dissent in a system that medicalized it. In Germany, these men were called Kriegszitterer, or "war tremblers," for their telltale symptom of uncontrollable shaking. Based on archival research that constitutes the largest study of psychiatric patient files from 1914 to 1918, Diagnosing Dissent examines the important space that wartime psychiatry provided soldiers expressing objection to the war. Rebecca Ayako Bennette argues that the treatment of these soldiers was far less dismissive of real ailments and more conducive to individual expression of protest than we have previously thought. In addition, Diagnosing Dissent provides an important reevaluation of German psychiatry during this period. Bennette's argument fundamentally changes how we interpret central issues such as the strength of the German Rechtsstaat and the continuities or discontinuities between the events of World War I and the atrocities committed - often in the name of medicine and sometimes by the same physicians - during World War II.

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Review Brian K. Feltman (2023) Review of "Diagnosing Dissent: Hysterics, Deserters, and Conscientious Objectors in Germany During World War One". Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences (pp. 85-86). unapi

Review Arleen Tuchman (2021) Review of "Diagnosing Dissent: Hysterics, Deserters, and Conscientious Objectors in Germany During World War One". Bulletin of the History of Medicine (pp. 597-598). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, Edgar
Linden, Stefanie Caroline
Mark C. Wilkins
Adello Vanni
Joanna Park
Fitzpatrick, K. Meghan
History of Psychiatry
Twentieth-Century British History
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Medical History
Pen and Sword Books
UBC Press
Cornell University Press
Australian Military History Publications
Indiana University
University of Pennsylvania
World War I
War neuroses
Medicine and the military; medicine in war
Psychology and war
Mental disorders and diseases
Boschi, Gaetano
Wagner-Jauregg, Julius von
Roussy, Gustave
Myers, Charles Samuel
Babinski, Joseph
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
Great Britain
Commonwealth countries
Edinburgh (Scotland)
London (England)
Royal Edinburgh Asylum

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