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Britain In The Balkans: The Response Of The Scottish Women’s Hospital Units

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This chapter assesses the significance of the contribution of one selected Scottish Women's Hospitals (SWH) relief initiative during aftermath of war, that of the American Unit. It has been selected because of its close relationship with Serbia, its central role in medical aid, and its effectiveness in the aftermath. The chapter therefore tracks the SWH post-war responses in the Balkans to new chilling complexities, by focussing on four key post-war moments: November 1918; early 1919 and a new Yugoslav state; 1920 and the new humanitarian internationalism; and finally 1923, both SWH's eventual homecomings and Yugoslavia's tricky election. It presents five personal SWH case studies to illuminate these themes and to map linkages. The aim is to reflect the broad social class composition of the SWH in Serbia, rather than a traditional focus on elite doctors and those most likely to leave behind rich documentation like diaries and autobiographies.

Keywords: Balkans; Scottish Women's Hospitals (SWH); Serbia



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