“Working for the Common Good”: Prisons and the Ottoman War Effort during Worlds War I

During the hight of Ottoman involvement in the Great War (1914-1918), the Comittee of Union and Progress (CUP) led government continued to carry out an agressive penal reform program in an attempt to overhaul the empire’s sprawling and dilapidated network of prisons. Ottoman officials exerted great amounts of time, energy, and resources gathering statistics, conducting investigations, and implementing reforms. In 1916, the Ottoman government even hired a prominent German civilian criminal psychiatrist and prison reformer, Dr. Paul Pollitz, to oversee these efforts. Though these prison reforms predate the onset of WWI, Ottoman prisons were quickly incorporated into the Ottoman “total war” effort in terms of working for the common good (menafi-yi umumi). In other words, prisons served many wartime purposes.

Ottoman Prisons in WWIVortrag zum Themenkomplex Ersten Weltkrieg in englischer Sprache von Prof. Kent F. Schull (Binghamton University).

Eine Veranstaltung in Kooperation mit der türkischen Stiftung Geschichte (Tarif Vakfi).

Wo: Orient-Institut Istanbul

Wann: 17. März 2014, 19 Uhr


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Max Weber Stiftung (2014, March 12). “Working for the Common Good”: Prisons and the Ottoman War Effort during Worlds War I. La Grande Guerre. Retrieved April 15, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/p4ko

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