Certainty, compassion and the ingrained arrogance of humanitarians
The Red Cross Movement : myths, practices and turning points
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2020
This chapter offers a reflection on two features of modern/contemporary western humanitarianism: arrogance and compassion. The objective of the chapter is to put forward and historicise arrogance, offering an ad hoc – usable – definition, and to do the same with compassion. The chapter engages with the historiography of this increasingly densely populated field, offering reflections on the state of humanitarian history both within and outside of this edited collection.
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