Calculating Compassion: Humanity and Relief in War, Britain 1870 - 1914

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Calculating compassion examines the origins of British relief work in late-nineteenth-century wars on the continent and the fringes of Empire. Commencing with the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71, it follows distinguished surgeons and 'lady amateurs' as they distributed aid to wounded soldiers and distressed civilians, often in the face of considerable suspicion. Dispensing with the notion of shared 'humanitarian' ideals, it examines the complex, and sometimes controversial, origins of organised relief, and illuminates the emergence of practices and protocols still recognisable in the delivery of overseas aid. This book is intended for students, academics and relief practitioners interested in the historical concerns of first generation relief agencies such as the British Red Cross Society and the Save the Children Fund, and their legacies today.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9781526110640, 9781526110657
ISBN (Print)9780719078101
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameHumanitarianism: Key Debates and New Approaches
PublisherManchester University Press


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