Therapeutic Fascism: Experiencing the Violence of the Nazi New Order

Hardcover | December 3, 2016

byAna Antic

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During World War Two, death and violence permeated all aspects of the everyday lives of ordinary people in Eastern Europe. Throughout the region, the realities of mass murder and incarceration meant that people learnt to live with daily public hangings of civilian hostages and stumbled oncorpses of their neighbors. Entire populations were drawn into fierce and uncompromising political and ideological conflicts, and many ended up being more than mere victims or observers: they themselves became perpetrators or facilitators of violence, often to protect their own lives, but also togain various benefits. Yugoslavia in particular saw a gradual culmination of a complex and brutal civil war, which ultimately killed more civilians than those killed by the foreign occupying armies.Therapeutic Fascism tells a story of the tremendous impact of such pervasive and multi-layered political violence, and looks at ordinary citizens' attempts to negotiate these extraordinary wartime political pressures. It examines Yugoslav psychiatric documents as unique windows into this harrowinghistory, and provides an original perspective on the effects of wartime violence and occupation through the history of psychiatry, mental illness, and personal experience. Using previously unexplored resources, such as patients' case files, state and institutional archives, and the professionalmedical literature of the time, this volume explores the socio-cultural history of wartime through the eyes of (mainly lower-class) psychiatric patients. Ana Antic examines how the experiences of observing, suffering, and committing political violence affected the understanding of human psychology,pathology, and normality in wartime and post-war Balkans and Europe.

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During World War Two, death and violence permeated all aspects of the everyday lives of ordinary people in Eastern Europe. Throughout the region, the realities of mass murder and incarceration meant that people learnt to live with daily public hangings of civilian hostages and stumbled oncorpses of their neighbors. Entire populations w...

Ana Antic is a post-doctoral fellow at Birkbeck at the project Reluctant Internationalists: A History of Public Health and International Organisations, Movements, and Experts in Twentieth Century Europe. She received her PhD in history from Columbia University. Her research focuses on the history of modern Europe and the Balkans, histo...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:December 3, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Reading psychiatric case histories2. The Change of the Paradigm3. Politics in the Files4. Fascism and Psychoanalysis: "Re-Educating" the Communists5. Heroes and HystericsEpilogue: Adjusting to socialismConclusion