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Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation's Humanitarian Awakening

Julia F. Irwin


At the turn of the twentieth century, the United States was growing by fits and starts into its new role as a global power. Unlike European empires, it sought to distinguish itself as a new kind of power. Corporations and media outlets were spreading American brands, ideas, and commodities worldwide, increasing we would today call soft power. Meanwhile, American citizens and government officials grappled with their nation's rising prominence and debated how best to engage with the wider world. One of those ways was to use foreign aid to define the nation's new role and responsibilities with re ... More

Keywords: global power, United States, foreign aid, foreign relief, international affairs, humanitarian interventionism, private organizations, democracy, statecraft

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199766406
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199766406.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia F. Irwin, author
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Assistant Professor of History