Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 August 2013

272 Pages | 4 Halftones, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719078101

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Calculating Compassion

Humanity and relief in war, Britain 1870-1914

Rebecca Gill

Published by Manchester University Press

Humanitarianism Key Debates and New Approaches MUP

  • Challenges a current tendency to advocate a return to the clarity of shared 'humanitarian' ideals by showing the complex and occasionally controversial origins of relief in Britain
  • Draws on new archival research to reveal the ongoing role of relief in the projection of British interests abroad
  • Instead of the traditional focus on committees and ethics, this book offers original insight into relief workers' practices and conventions - and reveals some of their legacies for the provision of overseas relief today
  • The first work to deal with the origins of relief agencies in comparative perspective - demonstrating lack of agreement over the function, and morality, of relief in war