Title

The Disaster of War: American Understandings of Catastrophe, Conflict and Relief

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Keywords

humanitarianism, red cross, foreign relief

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/19475020.2014.901180

Abstract

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.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

First World War Studies, v. 5, issue 1, p. 17-28

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