Shell-shocked British Army veterans in Ireland, 1918-39

A difficult homecoming

By Michael Robinson

Shell-shocked British Army veterans in Ireland, 1918-39


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4005-0
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: April 2020
  • BIC Category: History, MEDICAL / History, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, HISTORY / Military / Veterans, c 1918 to c 1939 (Inter-war period), Personal & Public Health, Military Veterans, Medicine / History of medicine
  • Series: Disability History


With a focus on mental illness, Shell-shocked British Army veterans in Ireland provides the first in-depth investigation of disabled Great War veterans in Ireland. The book is a result of five years of researching previously untouched archival sources including psychiatric records of former patients otherwise closed to the public. The remit of the work contributes to various historiographical fields including disability history, the social history of medicine, the cultural history of modern war, the history of psychiatry and Irish studies. It also seeks to extend the scope of the First World War with an emphasis on how war-induced disability and trauma continued to affect large numbers of ex-servicemen beyond the official cessation of the conflict.


1: 'A Definitive Neurasthenic Temperament'?: The Irish Tommy and Veteran
2. Neurasthenic Pensioners in Revolutionary Ireland, 1918-1921
3. Neurasthenic Pensioners in the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland, 1922-1939
4. The War Hospital in Ireland
5. The Service Patient Scheme in Ireland


Michael Robinson is a Leverhulme Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Liverpool

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