New humanitarian politics
‘Victim’ nations and the brotherhood of humanity
in Calculating compassion
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Events of 1876-78, for the exposure of atrocity and provision of relief formed a template of a popular humanitarian politics that would animate broad strands of radicalism up to the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 and beyond. Protestors were urged to donate money for the relief of the victims of oppression as an expression of solidarity with their fellow protestors and their suffering 'brothers' in South-Eastern Europe. It is worth pointing out some of the complexities of the events that British protestors labelled the 'Bulgarian atrocities'. The Bulgarian Orthodox population as a whole was largely quiescent, and there was no Bulgarian revolutionary tradition. The Bulgarian Orthodox population as a whole was largely quiescent, and there was no Bulgarian revolutionary tradition. Rumours of a Bulgarian uprising elicited brutal local reprisals. Violence occurred against Christians and against Muslims in the area.

Calculating compassion

Humanity and relief in war, Britain 1870–1914

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