Ottoman and Allied Prisoners of War in Russia during the Crimean War (1853-1856)


BELLETEN, vol.77, no.280, pp.995-1042, 2013 (AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 77 Issue: 280
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: BELLETEN
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.995-1042
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Thousands of Ottoman soldiers had to live in the Russian interior as prisoners of war during the Crimean War. Their difficult journey into Russia and their accommodation in several Russian cities are unknown aspects of the Russo-Ottoman wars. Experiences of those captives canalso give clues to understandRussian and Ottoman societies in the middle of the nineteenth century. This work, therefore, discusses not only the legal and material aspects of captivity, but also its social outcomes. Besides, exchange of prisoners, their return to homeland as well as motives of those prisoners who wanted to stay in Russia are touched upon in order to give a complete picture of captivity.