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Rationales of Humanitarianism: The Case of British Relief to Germany, 1805–1815
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8788-101X
2014 (English)In: Journal of Modern European History, ISSN 1611-8944, Vol. 12, no 2, 186-199 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article examines the British humanitarian relief campaign initiated by the Committee for Relieving the Distresses in Germany and Other Parts of the Continent (1805–1815). It demonstrates the significance of two aspects for the campaign: the activism of London-based immigrant communities on the one hand, and British solidarity with allied countries during the Napoleonic Wars and the related matter of national mobilisation against France on the other. While immigrant activism was a major driving force of the campaign, its impact depended on the integration of immigrants into British society and on the mobilisation of Britons. Moreover, while the alliance with German states was often underlined in the publicity efforts of the campaign, wider humanitarian concerns were also addressed.

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2014. Vol. 12, no 2, 186-199 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-23457ISI: 000335631600003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84901310705Local ID: 481/42/2012OAI: diva2:717955
The Moral Economy of Global Civil Society: A History of Voluntary Food Aid
Swedish Research Council, 2012-614The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 481/42/2012
Available from: 2014-05-19 Created: 2014-05-19 Last updated: 2016-11-02Bibliographically approved

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