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Healing the Nation: Prisoners of War, Medicine and Nationalism in Turkey, 1914-1939

Yucel Yanikdag


This book investigates how Turkish nationalism was constructed by two closely related groups: Ottoman-Turkish prisoners of war in Russia and Egypt during the First World War, and Ottoman-Turkish psychiatrists who examined and diagnosed the prisoners following their post-war repatriation. The book first explores what the prisoners understood of nation, tradition, and Islam in the confines of prison camps as they attempted to identify the ills of their nation and empire. As the problems were identified and various solutions proposed, some of these views came to clash and sometimes converge. Seco ... More

Keywords: Turkey, Ottoman, prisoners of war, First World War, nationalism, Russia, Egypt, peasant soldiers, psychiatrists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748665785
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yucel Yanikdag, author
University of Richmond