Melissa Dickson, Emilie Taylor-Brown and Sally Shuttleworth
(eds), Cultures of Neurasthenia from Beard to the First World War (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001), 199–217; Laura Goering, ‘Russian nervousness: neurasthenia and nationalidentity in nineteenth-century Russia’, Medical History , 47:1 (2003), 23–46; Arthur Kleinman, Social Origins of Distress and Disease: Depression, Neurasthenia, and Pain in Modern China (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1990); Janet Oppenheim, ‘ Shattered Nerves’: Doctors, Patients, and Depression in Victorian England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991), 79
– often ethically challenging – conducted through the two world wars. For British and Anglophile participants, balance was also a contested part of their nationalidentity – and extreme performances, whether caused by the environment or the pressure of increasingly competitive and high-stakes international sporting events, could be a mark of both the hero and the foreign ‘Other’. Linking with Natasha Feiner's discussion of dangerous fatigue in the unregulated workplace, this chapter considers the many tensions between balance and imbalance in the context of extreme
In this book scholars from across the globe investigate changes in ‘society’ and ‘nation’ over time through the lens of immunisation. Such an analysis unmasks the idea of vaccination as a simple health technology and makes visible the social and political complexities in which vaccination programmes are embedded. The collection of essays gives a comparative overview of immunisation at different times in widely different parts of the world and under different types of political regime. Core themes in the chapters include immunisation as an element of state formation; citizens’ articulation of seeing (or not seeing) their needs incorporated into public health practice; allegations that development aid is inappropriately steering third-world health policies; and an ideological shift that treats vaccines as marketable and profitable commodities rather than as essential tools of public health. Throughout, the authors explore relationships among vaccination, vaccine-making, and the discourses and debates on citizenship and nationhood that have accompanied mass vaccination campaigns. The thoughtful investigations of vaccination in relation to state power, concepts of national identify (and sense of solidarity) and individual citizens’ sense of obligation to self and others are completed by an afterword by eminent historian of vaccination William Muraskin. Reflecting on the well-funded global initiatives which do not correspond to the needs of poor countries, Muraskin asserts that an elite fraternity of self-selected global health leaders has undermined the United Nations system of collective health policy determination by launching global disease eradication and immunisation programmes over the last twenty years.
aspects are unavoidable,
though especially in the nineteenth century, military physicians were
loath to accept women as nurses. Still, the image of the nurse during
warfare served as an important reflection of nationalidentity and citizenship. The nurses’ position in defending the Empire was idealised
Rima D. Apple
and their presence had significant rhetorical power, especially in the
‘home country’. At the same time, these women were providing vital
medical aid, often under dire circumstances. With the chapters in this
book, we see a much more complex picture
Paul Greenough, Stuart Blume and Christine Holmberg
neutral practice; it requires assessment in its relation to state power,
nationalidentity and the individual's sense of obligation to self and
What's new in this book?
While historians have explored the
evolution of public health in different parts of the world, and of vaccination
as a key component, few have located vaccination in relation to twentieth- and
twenty-first-century political milestones like colonial
Reconstruction of Warriors: Archibald McIndoe, The
Royal Air Force and the Guinea Pig Club (Barnsley: Greenhill Books, Kindle
edition, 2010); Julie Anderson, War, Disability and Rehabilitation in Britain:
‘Soul of a Nation’ (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011).
7 Most literature on women’s work in the Second World War offers analyses of
the post-war return to the home and hearth. See, for example, Gail Braybon
and Penny Summerfield, Out of the Cage: Women’s Experiences in Two
World Wars (London: Pandora, 1987); Sonya O. Rose, Which People’s War?
Nursing work and nurses’ space in the Second World War: a gendered construction
, Passing and the Special
Operations Executive in the Second World War (Manchester: Manchester
University Press, 2007), 13.
51 Sonya O. Rose, Which People’s War? NationalIdentity and Citizenship in
Britain, 1939–1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).
52 Penny Summerfield, ‘Women and war in the twentieth century’, in June
Purvis (ed.), Women’s History: Britain, 1850–1945 (London: UCL Press,
1995); Penny Summerfield, Reconstructing Women’s Wartime Lives: Discourse
and Subjectivity in Oral Histories of the Second World War (Manchester:
, Interpretations, Meanings
and Environments (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1995) 294. See also Jeanne Moore,
‘“Placing the home in context’, Journal of Environmental Psychology 20
21 Penny Summerfield and Corinna Peniston-Bird, ‘Women in the firing-line:
The Home Guard and the defence of gender boundaries in Britain in the
Second World War’, Women’s History Review 9, 2 (2000): 232.
22 Penny Summerfield, ‘Gender and war in the twentieth century’, The
International History Review 19, 1 (1997): 6.
23 Sonya O. Rose, Which People’s War? NationalIdentity and Citizenship
advantage’, Nursing Mirror (23 March
1946): 424; Anonymous, ‘Living out and living in’, Nursing Mirror (2 March
4 Sonya O. Rose, Which People’s War? NationalIdentity and Citizenship in
Britain, 1939–1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003, Kindle edition),
5 Sue Bruley, Women in Britain since 1900 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan,
6 Margaret Hadley Jackson, ‘Causes and significance of the dwindling family’,
in Sir James Marchant (ed.), Rebuilding Family Life in the Post-War World:
An Enquiry with Recommendations (London
, 2004) for
such an approach to the franchise and citizenship. On a similarly passive
view of interwar citizenship, see Sian Nicholas, ‘From John Bull to
John Citizen: Images of NationalIdentity and Citizenship on the Wartime
BBC’ in Richard Weight and Abigail Beach, The Right to Belong:
Citizenship and NationalIdentity in Britain, 1930–1960
(London: I.B. Taurus, 1998), pp. 46