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AGAINST MASSACRE: HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTIONS IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE, 1815-1914

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by David Rodogno

This book looks at the rise of humanitarian intervention in the nineteenth century.  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.

 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.

With an account of humanitarian interventions some two centuries, Rodogno explores consequences of European involvement in the Ottoman Empire and the lessons that can be learned for similar actions today.

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