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Against Massacre looks at the rise of humanitarian intervention in the nineteenth century, from the fall of Napoleon to the First World War. Examining the concept from a historical perspective, Davide Rodogno explores the understudied cases of European interventions and noninterventions in the Ottoman Empire and brings a new view to this international practice for the contemporary era.

While it is commonly believed that humanitarian interventions are a fairly recent development, Rodogno demonstrates that almost two centuries ago an international community, under the aegis of certain European powers, claimed a moral and political right to intervene in other states' affairs to save strangers from massacre, atrocity, or extermination. On some occasions, these powers acted to protect fellow Christians when allegedly "uncivilized" states, like the Ottoman Empire, violated a "right to life." Exploring the political, legal, and moral status, as well as European perceptions, of the Ottoman Empire, Rodogno investigates the reasons that were put forward to exclude the Ottomans from the so-called Family of Nations. He considers the claims and mixed motives of intervening states for aiding humanity, the relationship between public outcry and state action or inaction, and the bias and selectiveness of governments and campaigners.

An original account of humanitarian interventions some two centuries ago, Against Massacre investigates the varied consequences of European involvement in the Ottoman Empire and the lessons that can be learned for similar actions today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Quotations
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. Chapter One: The International Context of Nineteenth-Century Humanitarian Interventions
  2. pp. 18-35
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  1. Chapter Two: Exclusion of the Ottoman Empire from the Family of Nations, and Legal Doctrines of Humanitarian Intervention
  2. pp. 36-62
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  1. Chapter Three: Intervention on Behalf of Ottoman Greeks (1821–33)
  2. pp. 63-90
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  1. Chapter Four: Intervention in Ottoman Lebanon and Syria (1860–61)
  2. pp. 91-117
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  1. Chapter Five: The First Intervention in Crete (1866–69)
  2. pp. 118-140
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  1. Chapter Six: Nonintervention during the Eastern Crisis (1875–78)
  2. pp. 141-169
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  1. Chapter Seven: Intermezzo—The International Context (1878–1908)
  2. pp. 170-184
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  1. Chapter Eight: Nonintervention on Behalf of the Ottoman Armenians (1886–1909)
  2. pp. 185-211
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  1. Chapter Nine: The Second Intervention in Crete (1896–1900)
  2. pp. 212-228
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  1. Chapter Ten: Nonforcible Intervention in the Ottoman Macedonian Provinces (1903–08)
  2. pp. 229-246
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 247-276
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 277-278
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 279-344
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 345-384
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 385-392
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  1. About the Series
  2. pp. 393-393
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400840014
Related ISBN
9780691151335
MARC Record
OCLC
761319674
Pages
376
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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