Title
Istanbul during the Balkan Wars (1912-1913) : cholera, medicine and the press Istanbul during the Balkan Wars (1912-1913) : cholera, medicine and the press
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. History
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
History
Source (journal)
Turkish Historical Review
Volume/pages
5(2014) :2 , p. 141-164
ISSN
1877-5454
ISI
000344764500001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
During the Balkan Wars (1912-1913) Istanbul suddenly found itself at the frontline of an unexpectedly disastrous conflict with its Balkan neighbours. One direct consequence of these wars, through troop mobilisation and refugee movement, was a major out-break of cholera in the Ottoman capital. While entrepreneurs tried to turn this calamity into profit, by selling (useless) medication, the government tried to control the flow of information regarding the disease in order to better combat the epidemic and both parties used the press to achieve their goals. Despite the chaos of the war and the size of the outbreak, the acted efficiently and successfully prevented a potential disaster.
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