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The empire of humanity : a history of humanitarianism, Michael Barnett

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The empire of humanity : a history of humanitarianism
Title
The empire of humanity
Title remainder
a history of humanitarianism
Statement of responsibility
Michael Barnett
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Empire of Humanity explores humanitarianism's remarkable growth from its humble origins in the early nineteenth century to its current prominence in global life. In contrast to most contemporary accounts of humanitarianism that concentrate on the last two decades, Michael Barnett ties the past to the present, connecting the antislavery and missionary movements of the nineteenth century to today's peacebuilding missions, the Cold War interventions in places like Biafra and Cambodia to post-Cold War humanitarian operations in regions such as the Great Lakes of Africa and the Balkans; and the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863 to the emergence of the major international humanitarian organizations of the twentieth century. Based on extensive archival work, close encounters with many of today's leading international agencies, and interviews with dozens of aid workers in the field and at headquarters, Empire of Humanity provides a history that is both global and intimate. Avoiding both romanticism and cynicism, Empire of Humanity explores humanitarianism's enduring themes, trends, and, most strikingly, ethical ambiguities. Humanitarianism hopes to change the world, but the world has left its mark on humanitarianism. Humanitarianism has undergone three distinct global ages-imperial, postcolonial, and liberal-each of which has shaped what humanitarianism can do and what it is. The world has produced not one humanitarianism, but instead varieties of humanitarianism. Furthermore, Barnett observes that the world of humanitarianism is divided between an emergency camp that wants to save lives and nothing else and an alchemist camp that wants to remove the causes of suffering. These camps offer different visions of what are the purpose and principles of humanitarianism, and, accordingly respond differently to the same global challenges and humanitarianism emergencies. Humanitarianism has developed a metropolis of global institutions of care, amounting to a global governance of humanity. This humanitarian governance, Barnett observes, is an empire of humanity: it exercises power over the very individuals it hopes to emancipate. Although many use humanitarianism as a symbol of moral progress, Barnett provocatively argues that humanitarianism has undergone its most impressive gains after moments of radical inhumanity, when the "international community" believes that it must atone for its sins and reduce the breach between what we do and who we think we are. Humanitarianism is not only about the needs of its beneficiaries; it also is about the needs of the compassionate
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Action
digitized
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Barnett, Michael N.
Dewey number
361.2/6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
JZ6369
LC item number
.B348 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
HV 553
NLM item number
B261e 2011
Series statement
Cornell paperbacks
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Humanitarianism
  • Altruism
  • Relief Work
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Internationality
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Society
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • Humanitarianism
  • Humanitarismus
  • Humanitär intervention
  • Humanitärt bistånd
  • HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE
  • HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION
  • INTERNATIONAL RELIEF
  • POLITICAL ASPECTS
  • HISTORY
Label
The empire of humanity : a history of humanitarianism, Michael Barnett
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Co-dependence : humanitarianism and the world -- The humanitarian big bang -- Saving slaves, sinners, savages, and societies -- Saving soldiers and civilians during war -- The new international -- Neo-humanitarianism -- Humanitarianism during wartime -- It's a humanitarian's world -- Armed for humanity -- Politics and anti-politics, or, The new paternalism
Control code
732957182
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 296 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801460616
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
3623958
Other physical details
illustrations.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4ssdx
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)732957182
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The empire of humanity : a history of humanitarianism, Michael Barnett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Co-dependence : humanitarianism and the world -- The humanitarian big bang -- Saving slaves, sinners, savages, and societies -- Saving soldiers and civilians during war -- The new international -- Neo-humanitarianism -- Humanitarianism during wartime -- It's a humanitarian's world -- Armed for humanity -- Politics and anti-politics, or, The new paternalism
Control code
732957182
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 296 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801460616
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
3623958
Other physical details
illustrations.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4ssdx
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)732957182
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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