- The Oxford Handbook of Disability History
- The Perils and Promises of Disability Biography
- Disability History and Greco-Roman Antiquity
- Intellectual Disability in the European Middle Ages
- Disability in the Premodern Arab World
- Disability and the History of Eugenics
- Social History of Medicine and Disability History
- Material Culture, Technology, and the Body in Disability History
- Designing Objects and Spaces: A Modern Disability History
- Documents, Ethics, and the Disability Historian
- Disability and Work During the Industrial Revolution in Britain
- Disability and Work in South Asia and the United Kingdom
- Disability and Work in British West Africa
- Race, Work, and Disability in Progressive Era United States
- Organized Labor and Disability in Post–World War II United States
- Deaf-Blindness and the Institutionalization of Special Education in Nineteenth-Century Europe
- Disability and Madness in Colonial Asylum Records in Australia and New Zealand
- Madness, Transnationalism, and Emotions in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century New Zealand
- Institutions for People with Disabilities in North America
- Picturing Disability in Eighteenth-Century England
- Disability, Race, and Gender on the Stage in Antebellum America
- Polio and Disability in Cold War Hungary
- Monstrous Births, Birth Defects, Unusual Anatomy, and Disability in Europe and North America
- Disability in Modern Chinese Cinema
- Transnational Interconnections in Nineteenth-Century Western Deaf Communities
- The Disability Rights Movement in the United States
- The Rise of Gay Rights and the Disavowal of Disability in the United States
- Disabled Veterans and the Wounds of War
Abstract and Keywords
War is an abiding cause of death, disability, and disease. Disabled and chronically ill veterans of military conflict, as well as civilian victims of wars, have been neglected, both in popular memories and in academic research. But as long as people find disabled veterans convenient symbols of patriotism and sacrifice, they will continue to be a special project of the state, with a unique status separate from nondisabled and disabled civilians. Though there is still no synthesis of the history of disabled veterans, the outlines of one have been taking shape, emphasizing (1) the evolving nature of injuries to bodies and minds in the contexts of warfare, weaponry, and military medicine; (2) military citizenship; (3) identity; and (4) cultural representations.
David A. Gerber is University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus and senior fellow in both the History Department and the Center for Disability Studies at the University at Buffalo. He is the editor of Disabled Veterans in History 2nd ed revised and enlarged. (University of Michigan Press, 2012).
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