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Fortitude and nationality in Crimean War surgery by James Kennaway

This seminar is part of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare seminar series. Find the full programme in this post.

Seminar description

This paper examines the substantial debate on surgery, emotions and ideas of race and nationality in the Crimean War. It will argue that the war was a significant moment in the development not only of well-known Humanitarian impulses towards the “common soldier” but also of an often explicitly racialised cult of pain and endurance in the face of the surgeon’s knife. In particular it will consider the debates on survival rates among the “races” represented in the war – British, French, Russian and Turkish.

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Meeting ID: 861 2707 5940

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