Disabled Veterans in History explores the long-neglected history of those who have sustained lasting injuries or chronic illnesses while serving in uniform. The contributors to this volume cover an impressive range of countries in Europe and North America as well as a wide sweep of chronology from the Ancient World to the present. This revised and enlarged edition, available for the first time in paperback, has been updated to reflect the new realities of war injuries in the 21st century, including PTSD. The book includes an afterword by noted Veterans Administration psychiatrist and MacArthur Award winner Jonathan Shay, a new preface, and an added essay on the changing nature of the American war hero.
"...more than introducing readers to a little-explored corner of the past, Disabled Veterans in History forces readers to think differently about war itself."
—American Historical Review
". . . a ground-breaking collection."
—Journal of American Studies
"By identifying and exploring what makes the disabled veteran 'different', the volume accomplishes historiographically what many twentieth-century policy-makers sought: to bring the war-disabled back into the mainstream of social and economic life."
—Social History of Medicine
"The wide thematic and chronological range of this collection, and the thorough introductory essay, make it invaluable to anyone with an interest in the history of war and medicine, the history of social policy, or of disability in general."
"Disabled Veterans in History nicely demonstrates the possibilities for studying how societies treat men wounded in the service of the state. . . . This anthology marks an excellent beginning and the questions raised here and the sources uncovered point to the exciting possibilities for further scholarship."
"The quality of the scholarship ranges from good to magnificent, and the material is sufficiently engaging to keep the average student reading."
—Journal of World History