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Author Davey, Eleanor
Title Idealism beyond borders : the French revolutionary Left and the rise of humanitarianism, 1954-1988 / Eleanor Davey, University of Manchester
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015
book jacket
 Modern History Library  361.609045 D248    AVAILABLE    30550100603990
 人文社會聯圖  HV555.F8 D38 2015    AVAILABLE    30600020121175
Descript ix, 337 pages ; 24 cm
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Series Human rights in history
Human rights in history
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-326) and index
"This is a major new account of how modern humanitarian action was shaped by transformations in the French intellectual and political landscape between the 1960s to 1980s. Eleanor Davey reveals how radical Left third-worldism was displaced by the 'sans-frontieriste' movement as the dominant way of approaching suffering in what was then called the Third World. Third-worldism regarded these regions as the motor for international revolution, but revolutionary zeal disintegrated as a number of its regimes took on violent and dictatorial forms. Instead, the radical humanitarianism of the 'sans-frontieriste' movement pioneered by Medecins Sans Frontieres emerged as an alternative model for international aid. Covering a period of major international upheavals and domestic change in France, Davey demonstrates the importance of memories of the Second World War in political activism and humanitarian action and underlines the powerful legacies of Cold War politics for international affairs since the fall of the Iron Curtain"-- Provided by publisher
Part I. Idealism beyond Borders -- 1. A revolution in aid : the creation of sans-frontierisme -- 2. Aiding the revolution : influences on tiers-mondisme -- Part II. Violence and Morality -- 3. The struggle for international justice : tiers-mondiste engagement on the outskirts of May -- 4. Complicity, conscience and autocritique : reconfiguring attitudes to political violence -- 5. A rhetoric of responsibility : Vichy, the Holocaust, and suffering in the Third World -- Part III. Ethics and Polemics -- 6. Idealism beyond borders : the turn to sans-frontieriste spectacle -- 7. Controversy in a humanitarian age : attacks on tiers-mondisme in the 1980s
Subject Humanitarian assistance, French -- History -- 20th century
New Left -- France -- History -- 20th century
Political activists -- France -- History -- 20th century
Idealism, French -- History -- 20th century
Médecins sans frontières (Association) -- History -- 20th century
France -- Relations -- Developing countries
Developing countries -- Relations -- France
France -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
France -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Social change -- France -- History -- 20th century
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