Cover: Shook over Hell: Post-Traumatic Stress, Vietnam, and the Civil War, from Harvard University PressCover: Shook over Hell in PAPERBACK

Shook over Hell

Post-Traumatic Stress, Vietnam, and the Civil War

Product Details

PAPERBACK

$47.00 • £40.95 • €42.95

ISBN 9780674806528

Publication Date: 03/15/1999

Short

352 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

18 halftones, 4 tables

World

Add to Cart

Media Requests:

Related Subjects

Vietnam still haunts the American conscience. Not only did nearly 58,000 Americans die there, but—by some estimates—1.5 million veterans returned with war-induced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This psychological syndrome, responsible for anxiety, depression, and a wide array of social pathologies, has never before been placed in historical context. Eric Dean does just that as he relates the psychological problems of veterans of the Vietnam War to the mental and readjustment problems experienced by veterans of the Civil War.

Employing a multidisciplinary approach that merges military, medical, and social history, Dean draws on individual case analyses and quantitative methods to trace the reactions of Civil War veterans to combat and death. He seeks to determine whether exuberant parades in the North and sectional adulation in the South helped to wash away memories of violence for the Civil War veteran. His extensive study reveals that Civil War veterans experienced severe persistent psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, and flashbacks with resulting behaviors such as suicide, alcoholism, and domestic violence. By comparing Civil War and Vietnam veterans, Dean demonstrates that Vietnam vets did not suffer exceptionally in the number and degree of their psychiatric illnesses. The politics and culture of the times, Dean argues, were responsible for the claims of singularity for the suffering Vietnam veterans as well as for the development of the modern concept of PTSD.

This remarkable and moving book uncovers a hidden chapter of Civil War history and gives new meaning to the Vietnam War.

Awards & Accolades

  • Co-Winner, 1998 Robert E. Lane Award, Political Psychology Section of the American Political Science Association

Share This

Holiday Sale / 30% off sitewide with code HOL22
Wonders and Rarities: The Marvelous Book That Traveled the World and Mapped the Cosmos, by Travis Zadeh, from Harvard University Press

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Composite photograph showing (top) entrance to the Prudential Center in Boston and (bottom) an internal construction partition/wall printed with the words 'Opening Day 2023' and other decorative text

A New Chapter for Harvard Book Store

Starting in the summer of 2023, for the first time in almost thirty years, Harvard Book Store will have two locations: the flagship store in Harvard Square, and a large new store in the Prudential Center in Boston. For University Press Week we wanted to show some bookseller love, so we reached out to Rachel Cass, General Manager of the Harvard Book Store, to see what’s planned for their exciting new location