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Landscapes of Trauma
The Psychology of the Battlefield

ISBN 9781138287723
Published August 19, 2019 by Routledge
230 Pages

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Book Description

Integrating trauma studies with historical research and social psychology, Landscapes of Trauma examines a range of battlefields from across history, including Waterloo, the Battle of Sedan, the Battle of the Ebro and the Battle of Normandy, to bring to light what these battlefields say about our collective and individual psyches.

Hunt explores how war shapes the nature of trauma, not only by its innate horror but also by the historical and societal contexts it is fought in, from the cultural and social conventions of the period to the topography of the settings. This book provides a deep analysis of how war is experienced and remembered in different eras and by different generations. Moving beyond the clinical concept of post-traumatic stress disorder, Hunt discusses how trauma can be understood socially and historically, as well as through the lens of individual suffering. This book also investigates the psychological foundations of memorialisation, remembrance and commemoration that shape the legacy of the battles discussed.

Using interviews with veterans, their letters, journals and diaries, as well as literary and historical sources, Hunt locates the battlefield as a place where humans explore the parameters of human behaviour, thought and emotion. This book is in important resource for students and scholars interested in the psychology of trauma and war, as well as military history.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Methods used in the book

Chapter 3 - The psychological impact of battle

Chapter 4 - Memorialisation, remembrance and commemoration

Chapter 5 - The landscape of battle

Chapter 6 - The Hundred Years War

Chapter 7 - The British Civil Wars: Wingfield Manor

Chapter 8 - Ciudad Rodrigo and Salamanca: The Peninsular War

Chapter 9 - Waterloo

Chapter 10 - The Crimean War

Chapter 11 - The Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Sedan

Chapter 12 - World War One and the Western Front

Chapter 13 - The Spanish Civil War and the Battle of the Ebro

Chapter 14 - The Battle of Normandy

Chapter 15 - Reflections



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Nigel Hunt is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham. He is a Docent in Social Psychology in the Swedish School of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. He is a Chartered Health Psychologist (HCPC Practitioner), and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.