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

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

byYucel Yanikdag

Paperback | September 26, 2014

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What did Ottoman prisoners of war imprisoned in Russia and Egypt during the Great War understand of nation, culture and Islam? And what role did science play in the imagined future of the nation for the Ottoman-Turkish psychiatrists who diagnosed prisoners following post-war repatriation?Doctors' interpretation of prisoners' health issues led to far-reaching questions about the relationship between the prisoners' physical bodies and mental states on the one hand, and the body politic and collective mentality of the Turkish Republic during the interwar period, on the other.During the interwar years, when the military's vigour was still taken to be a reflection of the nation's health, doctors projected the worrisome picture of the shattered nerves of both prisoner and non-prisoner alike onto the nation at large. The Great War revealed the poor health of the nation andgave medical men the chance to regenerate it through eugenics. Just as officer prisoners in the camps excluded ignorant peasants from their discursive construction of the nation, the psychiatrists disqualified those seen to threaten the nation's body.
Yucel Yanikdag is Associate Professor of History at the University of Richmond. Born in Istanbul, he received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. A Fulbright-Hays scholar, his research interests include: social and cultural history of the Great War, social history of medicine, and Turkish nationalism. His articles have appeared ...
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Title:Healing the Nation: Prisoners of War, Medicine and Nationalism in Turkey, 1914-1939Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:September 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748695893

ISBN - 13:9780748695898

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"This is a fascinating study, readable, always interesting, well written and set out and based on extensive primary research in the Ottoman archives, in the Public Record Office, in the US national archives, in the camp newspapers and drawing on a host of other material. As a study of thehealth consequences of war, Healing the Nation should appeal to doctors and psychiatrists as well as students of late Ottoman and early republican Turkish history." --Jeremy Salt, Social History of Medicine