Consigned to Oblivion: Rehabilitation of First World War Disabled Veterans in Portugal (1917-1927)

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The First World War is known for its use of advanced weaponry, which caused massive injuries. Over 8,000 Portuguese soldiers who had fought in the African and European theatres of war returned home with a disability. Through a qualitative analysis of archival data, newspaper articles, and legislation, this article examines what was done for these disabled veterans in Portugal between 1917 and 1927, drawing comparisons with similar situations in other countries. As it will be noted, voluntary organisations and the State took limited measures to rehabilitate disabled ex-servicemen, who were consigned to oblivion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-279
Number of pages17
JournalTime & society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Great War
  • Portugal
  • maimed soldiers
  • re-education
  • disabled war veterans

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