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Healing the NationPrisoners of War, Medicine and Nationalism in Turkey, 1914-1939$
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Yucel Yanikdag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748665785

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665785.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Healing the Nation

Yücel Yanikdağ

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory section first sets the book’s aims. Then, after providing a brief theoretical overview of nationalism, it suggests that prisoners of war and medical professionals provide two important sites to study Turkish nationalism. It is suggested that those junior officers who became prisoners of war and left behind most of the unique sources for this book came largely from economically humble provincial backgrounds; and as such their views on the problems of the nation and empire as evidenced among the peasant and middle classes might be more directly reflective of the concerns of these groups than those of the intellectual and political elite studied by other scholars.

Keywords:   nationalism, Mazhar Osman, occupation of Istanbul, Young Turks, identity, bio-politics, allied troops

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