By Susan Kingsley Kent
This publication examines the influence of collective trauma bobbing up out of the good conflict at the politics of the Twenties in Britain. Aftershocks stories how meanings of shellshock and imagery providing the traumatized psyche as shattered contributed to Britons understandings in their political selves within the Twenties. It connects the strength of feelings to the political tradition of a decade which observed remarkable violence opposed to these considered as un-English.
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Sir H. 18 “Aliens” represented sexual deviancy and sexual disorder. “All that is clean in the British character has been debased by the type of alien that has invaded us,” Pemberton Billing lamented. ” Jews from Eastern Europe were believed responsible for the vice in the East End of London.
Litvinoff, who was hailed by the whole of the Labour party as the ambassador of the new Republic of Russia. Mr. Ramsay MacDonald and his colleagues were very much upset that anything should be said derogatory to Mr. Litvinoff . . it was found that the Russian ambassador in that case was spreading revolutionary literature, that he was known by half-a-dozen names of various descriptions, that his real name was Finklestein, that twice he had been convicted of fraud. 16 Jews, “Blacks,” and the Promises of Radical Conservatism, 1919–1925 43 A less concrete but no less powerful issue of the debates concerned keeping Britain for the British.
Leaving those comrades for peacetime existence produced a sense of disconnection from anything meaningful, and often produced a sense of alienation and atomization that plagued many veterans. ” Guy Chapman found that the men of his battalion “had become so much a part of me that its disintegration would tear away something I cared for more dearly than I could have believed. 42 Veterans, men and women alike, found that the society to which they returned could not or would not embrace them with the respect and dignity they believed their sacriﬁces had earned them.
Aftershocks: Politics and Trauma in Britain, 1918-1931 by Susan Kingsley Kent