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The Committees for Relieving the Distresses in Germany and Other Parts of the Continent, 1805–1815
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8788-101X
2013 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Voluntary transnational humanitarian aid dates back to the Napoleonic Wars, when affiliates of the British and Foreign Bible Society and some other British subjects, frequently of immigrant background, organized a relief campaign to the benefit of certain allied nations, in particular in Germany and Sweden. The paper accounts for the little known origins of transnational relief and asks for the driving forces of donors, examines the impact of their help, and problematizes the interaction of providers and recipients of aid. The focus will be  on how morality, politics, and economy were interwoven with one another. The paper also discusses the lessons that can be drawn from this early example of humanitarian aid, and which lasting structural problems were evident already two-hundred years ago.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
National Category
History Globalization Studies
Research subject
Historical Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-25607DiVA: diva2:773933
Conference
5th International Conference of the Voluntary Action History Society, Huddersfield, 10–12 July 2013
Projects
The Moral Economy of Global Civil Society: A History of Voluntary Food Aid
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2012-614The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Note

Related publication:

Norbert Götz. “Rationales of Humanitarianism: The Case of British Relief to Germany, 1805–1815.” Journal of Modern European History 12 (2014) 2: 186–199.

Available from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2016-11-02Bibliographically approved

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