Humanitarianism, War, and Politics: Solferino to Syria and Beyond

TitleHumanitarianism, War, and Politics: Solferino to Syria and Beyond
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsHoffman, Peter J., and Thomas G. Weiss
Number of Pages320
PublisherRowman & Littlefield

What is humanitarianism? This authoritative book provides a comprehensive analysis of the original idea and its evolution, exploring its triangulation with war and politics. Peter J. Hoffman and Thomas G. Weiss trace the origins of humanitarianism, its social movement, and the institutions (international humanitarian law) and organizations (providers of assistance and protection) that comprise it. They consider the international humanitarian system’s ability to regulate the conduct of war, to improve the wellbeing of its victims, and to prosecute war criminals. Probing the profound changes in the culture and capacities that underpin the sector and alter the meaning of humanitarianism, they assess the reinventions that constitute “revolutions in humanitarian affairs.”

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