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Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism

Keith David Watenpaugh

Abstract

Bread from Stones explores how modern humanitarianism evolved in the face of the historical experience of mass violence, starvation, human trafficking, and the displacement of millions in the early twentieth-century eastern Mediterranean. Using a vast array of archival, literary, and visual sources, the book juxtaposes the inhumanity of war, civil conflict, and genocide with the creation of forms of aid for the victims of violence, the establishment of institutions to resettle displaced peoples, and the elaboration of novel, international legal regimes for refugees. It traces the origins of mo ... More

Keywords: humanitarianism, human rights, genocide, refugees, relief, American Near East Relief, League of Nations, World War One, Middle East history, Armenian history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520279308
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520279308.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith David Watenpaugh, author
University of California, Davis