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.
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