Memoir has for some time played a
significant role in the expansion and interpretation of the humanitarian
industry. It was Henri Dunant’s 1862 memoir A Memory of Solferino
that made the case for the first global institutionalisation of
humanitarian work in the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross)
and Geneva Convention, and Moritz Thomsen’s 1969 memoir Living Poor
This collection interrogates the representation of humanitarian crisis and
catastrophe, and the refraction of humanitarian intervention and action, from
the mid-twentieth century to the present, across a diverse range of media forms:
traditional and contemporary screen media (film, television and online video) as
well as newspapers, memoirs, music festivals and social media platforms (such as
Facebook, YouTube and Flickr). The book thus explores the historical, cultural
and political contexts that have shaped the mediation of humanitarian
relationships since the middle of the twentieth century. Together, the chapters
illustrate the continuities and connections, as well as the differences, which
have characterised the mediatisation of both states of emergency and acts of
amelioration. The authors reveal and explore the significant synergies between
the humanitarian enterprise, the endeavour to alleviate the suffering of
particular groups, and media representations, and their modes of addressing and
appealing to specific publics. The chapters consider the ways in which media
texts, technologies and practices reflect and shape the shifting moral,
political, ethical, rhetorical, ideological and material dimensions of
international humanitarian emergency and intervention, and have become integral
to the changing relationships between organisations, institutions, governments,
individual actors and entire sectors.
authors examine a range of media, including the memoir, the news, social
media, television and film, and their representations of humanitarian
relationships. In chapter 4 , ‘The Naive
Republic of Aid: Grassroots Exceptionalism in Humanitarian Memoir’, Emily
Bauman considers humanitarian memoir and argues that the genre can provide a
counter-discourse of humanitarian government, specifically through its
presentation of the
A. Hemsing , ‘ The Marshall Plan’s European Film Unit, 1948–55: A
Memoir and Filmography ’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television ,
14 : 3
( 1994 ), pp. 269 – 97 .
W. Ellwood , ‘“ You Too Can be Like Us”: Selling the Marshall
Plan ’, History Today
a powerful anticommunism and an acceptance of the
‘domino theory’, but also upon a profound existential
anxiety vis-à-vis the future development of Asia: as Australian
Ambassador to Washington Howard Beale explained in his 1977 memoir,
‘we are a western outpost hard by Asia in revolution, and we
need allies’ (cited in Pemberton, 1987 : 162). For conservatives,
process led me to realise that I too belong to a silent survivor family, who, in
struggling to make a life in Palestine and then Israel among the ‘new Jews’,
who, I argue, were the masculine antithesis of the feminised diaspora and
Holocaust, preferred not to speak about ‘there’. The auto/biographical and the
intellectual indelibly linked.
My work was inspired by Bauman’s seminal Modernity and the Holocaust
(1989),’ written in the wake of his wife Janina Bauman’s (1986) memoir of
surviving the war, hidden, in the Warsaw ghetto and beyond. Her work helped
Bauman see the
tenure as Ambassador to the UN under President Ford. Moynihan’s UN
memoir 15 —essentially an assault on the double standards,
anti-Israeli and anti-American biases of the institution—had, by
the early 1980s, become a classic recognition of how little could be
achieved through indiscriminate international multilateralism. A former
member of the Socialist Party of America and a Democrat until 1985
Decisionmaking, intelligence, and the case for war in Iraq
See, for example, Julia Langdon,
“Labour’s Falling Star”, Independent , Sep.
26, 1998. His estranged wife’s memoir, Margaret Cook, A
Slight and Delicate Creature: The Memoirs of Margaret Cook
(London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999), didn’t help
Times (7 January 2016 ), www.nytimes.com/2016/01/07/world/asia/north-korea-china-hydrogen-test.html , accessed 10 March 2019.
13 BBC, ‘North Korea Fires Long Range Rocket Despite Warning’ (7 February 2016), www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35515207 , accessed 12 March 2019.
14 H. McDonald , ‘ Mutual Interest Binds China to North Korea ’, Sydney Morning Herald (16 December 2006 ), www.smh.com.au/world/mutual-interest-binds-china-to-north-korea-20061216-gdp2cr.html , accessed 10 March 2019.
15 L. Panetta with J. Newton , Worthy Fights: A Memoir of
The changing view of Germany in Anglo-American geopolitics
. Wolkersdorfer , ‘ Karl Haushofer and geopolitics: the history of a German mythos ’, Geopolitics , 4 : 3 ( 1999 ), pp. 145–60, at p. 152 .
3 H. Wanklyn , Friedrich Ratzel: A Biographical Memoir and Bibliography ( Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 1961 ).
4 E. Churchill Semple , Influences of Geographic Environment on the Basis of Ratzel’s System of Anthropo-geography ( London : Constable , 1911 ), preface.
5 J. Herbst , The German Historical School in American Scholarship: A Study in the Transfer of Culture ( Ithaca : Cornell University Press