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“The Rational Administration of Compassion”: The Origins of British Relief in War

Gill, Rebecca (2009) “The Rational Administration of Compassion”: The Origins of British Relief in War. Le Mouvement Social, 227 (2). pp. 9-26. ISSN 0027-2671

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Abstract

Investigating the origins of aid work in Britain, this article examines the formation of humanitarian relief as a new field of vocational endeavour distinguished by an ethos of “rational compassion”. It analyses the competing grounds for intervention produced by the rival British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War and the Quaker Friends’ War Victims’ Relief Fund in the Franco-Prussian War, and the alternative meanings and moral investments made in the increasingly systematised administration of relief. In doing so, it utilises organisational papers and the first-hand testimony of relief workers to document the development of novel relief practices and roles that have received little historical attention.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DC France
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2009 11:33
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2013 15:34
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/5796

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