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The Good Plumpuddings’ Belief: British Voluntary Aid to Sweden During the Napoleonic Wars
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8788-101X
2015 (English)In: International History Review, ISSN 0707-5332, E-ISSN 1949-6540, Vol. 37, no 3, 519-539 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The London-based Committee for Relieving the Distressed Inhabitants of Germany, and Other Parts of the Continent is an early example of a large-scale voluntary relief programme that has gone unappreciated in the annals of humanitarianism. The present article examines the period in 1808 and 1809 when this committee redirected its relief efforts to Sweden. The case highlights many issues that beset humanitarianism today. With well-preserved recipient records, it offers insight to aspects of humanitarian encounters that have been markedly under-researched. It examines how foreign-policy interests fostered mis-conceptions about those in need and how such misconceptions resulted in corrupt distribution structures. It shows that asymmetries in the development of civil society impeded the relief effort and that the divergent interests of donors and distributors caused the forms of relief to be inadequate and agency to be lost. Moreover, it illustrates how local elites resisted advice from abroad and how the individual personalities involved shaped policy outcomes. These factors remain issues at the present time and the case of two Protestant European countries with a cultural affinity illustrates how significant they are.

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2015. Vol. 37, no 3, 519-539 p.
Keyword [en]
Civil society, humanitarianism, medical aid, refugees, transnational philanthropy
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History Globalization Studies
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24177DOI: 10.1080/07075332.2014.918559ISI: 000356943600005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84937974499Local ID: 481/42/2012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-24177DiVA: diva2:728642
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The Moral Economy of Global Civil Society: A History of Voluntary Food Aid
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Swedish Research Council, 2012-614The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 481/42/2012
Available from: 2014-06-24 Created: 2014-06-24 Last updated: 2016-11-02Bibliographically approved

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