The Invisible Injured: Psychological Trauma in the Canadian Military from the First World War to Afghanistan by Adam MontgomeryThe Invisible Injured: Psychological Trauma in the Canadian Military from the First World War to Afghanistan by Adam Montgomery

The Invisible Injured: Psychological Trauma in the Canadian Military from the First World War to…

byAdam Montgomery

Hardcover | May 5, 2017

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Canadian soldiers returning home have always been changed by war and peacekeeping, frequently in harmful but unseen ways. The Invisible Injured explores the Canadian military's continuous battle with psychological trauma from 1914 to 2014 to show that while public understanding and sympathy toward affected soldiers has increased, myths and stigmas have remained. Whether diagnosed with shell shock, battle exhaustion, or post-traumatic stress disorder, Canadian troops were at the mercy of a military culture that promoted stoic and manly behaviour while shunning weakness and vulnerability. Those who admitted to mental difficulties were often ostracized, released from the military, and denied a pension. Through interviews with veterans and close examination of accounts and records on the First World War, the Second World War, and post-Cold War peacekeeping missions, Adam Montgomery outlines the intimate links between the military, psychiatrists, politicians, and the Canadian public. He demonstrates that Canadians' views of trauma developed alongside the nation's changing role on the international stage - from warrior nation to peacekeeper. While Canadians took pride in their military's accomplishments around the globe, soldiers who came back haunted by their experiences were often ignored. Utilizing a wide range of historical sources and a frank approach, The Invisible Injured is the first book-length history of trauma in the Canadian military over the past century. It is a timely and provocative study that points to past mistakes and outlines new ideas of courage and determination.
Adam Montgomery is an independent scholar and freelance writer specializing in military and medical history.
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Title:The Invisible Injured: Psychological Trauma in the Canadian Military from the First World War to…Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 5, 2017Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A History of the Psychological Effect of Warfare on Canadian Soldiers This is a great book to try to understand how Canadian veterans of wars from 1914 until today, who are suffering from psychological injuries from doing their duty, have been treated by the military, the medical community and the government. The author offers hope for better days by describing current efforts to help these men, despite the fact that there appears to still be no understanding of the complexity.,
Date published: 2017-11-22

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"This subject matter, combined with Montgomery's clear and compelling writing style, will undoubtedly be of interest to a broad audience including scholars and students in history, soldiers, veterans, their families, and the public." Canadian Journal of History