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Bread from StonesThe Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism$
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Keith David Watenpaugh

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520279308

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520279308.001.0001

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The Humanitarian Imagination and the Year of the Locust

The Humanitarian Imagination and the Year of the Locust

International Relief in the Wartime Eastern Mediterranean, 1914–1918

(p.30) Chapter 2 The Humanitarian Imagination and the Year of the Locust
Bread from Stones

Keith David Watenpaugh

University of California Press

This chapter explores the formation of the idea of the “humanitarian imagination” and how it can motivate action (or not) through the case study of the World War One–era flooding of Baghdad and famines and shortages in Beirut and Jerusalem. It also introduces the concept of “unstrangering.”

Keywords:   famine relief, Jerusalem, Beirut, American Red Cross, American University in Beirut, American Near East Relief

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