Nerves
(695 words)

Nerves

The mental history of the Wilhelminian epoch is marked by the phenomenon of “nervousness.” The over-exertion of mind and body, the worries and fears, the sexual excesses and aberrations, the rapid pace, the noise; the over-indulgence in coffee, alcohol, tobacco, and morphine; as well as the “violent shocks to the body, for example from rail accidents” – those were causes that, taken with the suspected inheritability of “nervousness,” were ascribed to the “cultural progress” of the 19th cen…

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Ulrich, Bernd, “Nerves”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 27 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0427>
First published online: 2015



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