War, disability and rehabilitation in Britain

'Soul of a nation'

By Julie Anderson

War, disability and rehabilitation in Britain


  • Paperback

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8250-4
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £65.00
  • Published Date: February 2011
  • BIC Category: Humanities / First World War, History, First World War, c 1910 to c 1919, HISTORY / Military / World War I
  • Series: Cultural History of Modern War


Through a series of thematic chapters, Julie Anderson explores the nature of injured and disabled bodies before, during and after the Second World War.

Beginning at the end of the First World War and finishing with the publication of the Piercy Committee's report in 1956, the book examines medical practice, State support, societal attitudes and cultural meanings surrounding disabled war veterans and civilians. The book focuses on the embodied nature of the rehabilitative process, its gendered nature and the concentration on bodily fitness during the war. Using a series of case studies, this wide-ranging book seeks to understand the processes, methodology and practice of rehabilitation for those injured and disabled in war, and reflect on its adoption in post-war Britain.

War, disability and rehabilitation in Britain will interest historians of medicine, war and disability studies.


Julie Anderson is one of the leading historians working in the area of Disability Studies...This book is essential reading for anyone interested in military medicine. It directly addresses the debates about whether 'war is good for medicine'... 'War, Disability and Rehabilitation' in Britain is a meticulous and often riveting story of pain,politics and rehabilitation.'
Professor Joanna Bourke, Social History of Medicine, May 2012

'a welcome addition to the growing field of disability history of early to mid-twentieth-century Britain ... informative reading for all students of disability history and rehabilitation.'
Dee Hoole, H-Disability August, 2013


Julie Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in the History Department at the University of Kent


List of illustrations
List of tables
1. Unfortunates: Disability 1900-39
2. Attitude: Disabled ex-servicemen after the First World War
3. Soul: Rehabilitation in the Second World War
4. Fit: The process of rehabilitation
5. Men: Masculinity and rehabilitation
6. Revealed: Women and rehabilitation
7. Nation: Rehabilitation and the state

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