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. They provided care, sustenance, help for orphans and protection of those suffering from the violence. Several authors have described the politics and humanitarianism of organisations that flew nightly shipments of food and medicines to a starving population in the southeast region during the war.2 As these accounts are told, the relief work was essentially a European and American enterprise. Yet examination of healthcare activities at the local level reveals both Irish Catholic missionaries and Nigerians themselves working collaboratively to care for the ill and

in Colonial caring
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A history of colonial and post-colonial nursing
Editors: Helen Sweet and Sue Hawkins

Colonial Caring covers over a century of colonial nursing by nurses from a wide range of countries including: Denmark, Britain, USA, Holland and Italy; with the colonised countries including South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Nigeria, India, Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) and the Danish West Indies. It presents unique perspectives from which to interrogate colonialism and post-colonialism including aspects of race, cultural difference and implications of warfare and politics upon nursing. Viewing nursing’s development under colonial and post-colonial rule reveals different faces of a profession that superficially may appear to be consistent and coherent, yet in reality is constantly reinventing itself. Considering such areas as transnational relationships, class, gender, race and politics, this book aims to present current work in progress within the field, to better understand the complex entanglements in nursing’s development as it was imagined and practised in local imperial, colonial and post-colonial contexts. Taking a chronologically-based structure, early chapters examine nursing in situations of conflict in the post-Crimean period from the Indian Rebellion to the Anglo-Boer War. Recruitment, professionalisation of nursing and of military nursing in particular, are therefore considered before moving deeper into the twentieth century reflecting upon later periods of colonialism in which religion and humanitarianism become more central. Drawing from a wide range of sources from official documents to diaries, memoirs and oral sources, and using a variety of methodologies including qualitative and quantitative approaches, the book represents ground-breaking work.

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Contextualising colonial and post-colonial nursing

issues of race and ethnicity associated with segregation and ‘protection’. The discussions are then taken further into the twentieth century for the final third of the book, reflecting upon Italian colonialism in Ethiopia, guerrilla nursing in China by British and American nurses and Irish Catholic missionary doctors and nurses working in colonial and post-colonial Nigeria. In these chapters, religion and humanitarianism – as well as nursing in the face of stark inhumanity – become part of the equation, whilst relationships between colonised and colonisers is explored

in Colonial caring

little weight against such a definitive act of humanitarianism. Indeed, to oppose such programmes must represent at best ignorance, and at worst an absolute evil. One of the great virologists of the twentieth century, Alfred Prince, co-discoverer of the hepatitis B virus and creator of one of the first inexpensive hepatitis B vaccines, who was also a social activist fighting for mass hepatitis B immunisation, was an interesting dissenter from

in The politics of vaccination
Guerrilla nursing with the Friends Ambulance Unit, 1946–48

stories provides a different perspective, allowing us to focus on the ‘lives of unknown or lesser known figures so as to explore what their experiences can offer to our understanding of an era, a movement or a culture’.2 Their experiences illuminate the intersections of power with the matrix of faith, gender, class, race and place that shaped FAU nurses’ work as civil war spread like wildfire. Forced to renegotiate the fragile frontiers of its pacifist humanitarianism to maintain its organisational integrity, the Convoy became the only Western aid agency to gain access

in Colonial caring
Nonconformist religion in nineteenth-century pacifism

foundation, alongside these religious motives against war were the secular influences of liberalism and humanitarianism, which stemmed from the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. Such arguments held that conflicts between states should be resolved without resorting to war, and that reason could replace violence. Although the original idea for such a society came from a nonQuaker dissenting minister, Dr David Bogue, the men who actually founded the Peace Society were Quakers: William Allen and Joseph Tregelles Price. However, a number of non-Quakers rallied to support

in ‘The truest form of patriotism’
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‘“United action” in Continental politics’

drew women into the public sphere within both the Meetings of the Society of Friends, and the Women’s Liberal Associations. As a result, she made questions of peace, humanitarianism and international arbitration more prominent within these organisations. On a number of occasions, Ellen Robinson argued that women’s moral influence enabled them to affect public opinion. In a speech in 1890, she argued that ‘Moral force is superceding [sic] physical force in family and social life, why not in international? Women as well as men are responsible for public opinion; it is

in ‘The truest form of patriotism’

[the sister in charge] had gone off duty, I would have given him some, but she wouldn’t give him any and she was in charge.’127 Significantly, perhaps, Thomas was in a military hospital on the home front; on active service overseas nurses seemed to take a more sympathetic attitude to POWs. Narratives that consider the care of enemy patients’ pain therefore offer a different dimension to nurses’ work and suggest that for some, humanitarianism was just as important as patriotism, especially when the soldiers’ responses to pain were similar to those of British and

in Negotiating nursing
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governance, identifying hospital contributory schemes as arenas within which power and control could be negotiated. 86 Rather than commercial insurance, this had a strong mutual character, with a ‘dual thread of self-interest and humanitarianism’. 87 Indeed, William Beveridge noted approvingly in 1948 that the recent growth of hospital contributory schemes had ‘shown the driving force that emerges when local feeling can be combined with Mutual

in Payment and philanthropy in British healthcare, 1918–48

relatively small number of Allied servicemen or men of military age who successfully escaped the occupied zone, it is questionable whether their presence in the Allied military would have turned the tide of battle. However, in aiding such men, occupés asserted their patriotism, their humanitarianism, their willingness to defy the Germans and their wish for an Allied victory. They also adhered to their principles, reconfiguring their moral-​patriotic compass so that for them their actions were always justified, always respectable. Returning soldiers to Allied lines was a

in The experience of occupation in the Nord, 1914– 18