The Disaster of War: American Understandings of Catastrophe, Conflict and Relief
humanitarianism, red cross, foreign relief
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This article explores how US humanitarian aid workers in Great War era Europe understood the war, their relief work and its significance. It argues that contemporary ideas about disaster and disaster assistance, formed in the decades before the war began, fundamentally shaped the way that Americans conceived of their wartime humanitarian aid and its significance. Through an interrogation of both the metaphorical and the material links between early twentieth century American ideas of war and natural disaster – and, by extension, war relief and disaster relief – this essay advances novel insights about the intellectual and cultural history of US humanitarian aid efforts for European civilians during the Great War era.
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First World War Studies, v. 5, issue 1, p. 17-28
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Irwin, Julia F., "The Disaster of War: American Understandings of Catastrophe, Conflict and Relief" (2014). History Faculty Publications. 285.