Book ID: CBB001452047

Healing the Nation: Prisoners of War, Medicine and Nationalism in Turkey, 1914--1939 (2013)


Yanikda, Yücel (Author)

Edinburgh University Press

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: ix + 303 pp.; ill.
Language: English

Yucel Yanikdag explores how, during the Great War, Ottoman prisoners of war and military doctors discursively constructed their nation as a community, and at the same time attempted to exclude certain groups from that nation. Those excluded were not always the ethnic or religious Other as might be expected. They frequently included the internal Other in different guises. While the educated officer prisoners excluded the uncivilized and illiterate peasant from their concept of the nation, doctors used international socio-medicine as the basis for excluding all those - officers, enlisted men, civilians - they deemed to be hereditarily weak. Through the course of this study, Yanikdag looks at broader questions of nationhood. When are nations constructed? Is it when groups of people begin to think of themselves as a nation? What roles do science and medicine, as 'rational' fields of inquiry, play in shaping national and cultural identities? What role does Otherness play in the construction of national community?

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Review Gingeras, Ryan (2014) Review of "Healing the Nation: Prisoners of War, Medicine and Nationalism in Turkey, 1914--1939". American Historical Review (pp. 1401-1402). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Evans, Andrew David
Weindling, Paul J.
Kaplan, Judith
Byerly, Carol R.
Jankowski, Paul
Conrad, Peter
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Science in Context
Acta Historica Leopoldina
Twentieth-Century British History
Central European History
University of Chicago Press
Borden Institute
University of Colorado at Boulder
Brandeis University
Franco Angeli
World War I
Medicine and the military; medicine in war
Science and war; science and the military
Medicine and politics
Andreas, F. C.
Wien, Wilhelm
Keith, Arthur
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
18th century
Great Britain
Ottoman Empire
United States. Army

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