A legacy of conflict? The ‘brutalised veteran’ and violence in Europe after the Great War

Emsley, Clive (2010). A legacy of conflict? The ‘brutalised veteran’ and violence in Europe after the Great War. In: Avdela, Efi; D'Cruze, Shani and Rowbotham, Judith eds. Problems of Crime and Violence in Europe, 1780-2000: Essays in Criminal Justice. UK: Edwin Mellen Press, pp. 43–64.

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Abstract

The idea of the brutalised veteran provided a rational explanation for criminal violence in the inter-war period as society recovered from the war and as the stigmatisation of violence by liberal societies recommenced across Europe. This essay, based on a detailed study of press reporting in England, France and Germany puts some flesh on the assumptions about violence in the immediate aftermath of the war comparing and contrasting incidents and experiences in the three countries.

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