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Feeding the mind : humanitarianism and the reconstruction of European intellectual life, 1919-1933

Title
Feeding the mind : humanitarianism and the reconstruction of European intellectual life, 1919-1933 / Tomás Irish, Swansea University.
ISBN
9781009128476 (ebook)
9781009123228 (hardback)
9781009124447 (paperback)
Publication
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2024.
Physical Description
1 online resource (xii, 286 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
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Summary
Feeding the Mind explores how European intellectual life was rebuilt after the cataclysm of the First World War. Learned communities were left in ruins by the conflict and its consequences; cultural and educational sites were destroyed, writers and artists were killed in battle, and tens of thousands of others were displaced. Against the backdrop of an unprecedented post-war humanitarian crisis which threatened millions with starvation and disease, many organisations chose to focus on assisting intellectuals and their institutions, giving them food, medicine and books in order to stabilise European democracies and build a peaceful international order. Drawing on examples from Austria to Russia and Belgium to Serbia, Feeding the Mind analyses the role of humanitarianism in post-conflict reconstruction and explores why ideas and intellectuals were deemed to be worth protecting at a time of widespread crisis. This issue was pertinent in the century that followed and remains so today.
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Cambridge core frontlist 2023.
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Language
English
Added to Catalog
November 15, 2023
Series
Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare.
Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare
Contents
1919 : Rebuilding Civilization
Feeding Bodies : Food Relief And 'The Most Deplorable Victims Of The War'
Feeding The Mind : The Post-war Book Crisis
Knowledge Displaced
Books and Buildings : The Reconstruction of Libraries After The First World War
Who Were The Intellectuals?
Beyond 1933.
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