Calculating Compassion : Humanity and Relief in War, Britain 1870-1914 (Humanitarianism: Key Debates and New Approaches)

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Calculating Compassion : Humanity and Relief in War, Britain 1870-1914 (Humanitarianism: Key Debates and New Approaches)

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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. -- .

Table of Contents

        Illustrations                              vi
Acknowledgements vii
Abbreviations viii
Introduction: calculating compassion in war 1 (22)
Part I A new vocation: British relief in war 23 (50)
-- France, 1870--71
1 The origins of British relief in war 25 (23)
2 Accounting for compassion: British relief 48 (25)
in the Franco-Prussian War, 1870--71
Part II Knowledge of suffering and the 73 (52)
politics of relief: the Balkans, 1876--78
3 New humanitarian politics: `victim' 75 (21)
nations and the brotherhood of humanity
4 Neutrality and the politics of aid in 96 (29)
insurgency: British relief to the Balkans,
1876--78
Part III Boundaries of compassion: humanity 125 (73)
and relief in British wars, c.1884--1914
5 Scientific humanitarianism and British 127 (16)
`tyranny' in South Africa
6 The rational application of compassion? 143 (25)
Relief, reconstruction and disputes over
civilian suffering in the Anglo-Boer War,
1899--1902
7 Neutrality, proficiency and the 168 (30)
feminisation of aid: from the `scramble for
Africa' to the Great War
Conclusion: humanity and relief in war and peace 198 (20)
Bibliography 218 (17)
Index 235