To What Extent Were Progressive Politics Before World War Two a Fundamentally Imperial Project? The Case of International Humanitarian Relief in Russia, 1921-1923

  • Maurice Suckling Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Keywords: famine relief, Russian famine 1921-1923, League of Nations (LoN), Fridtof Nansen, American Relief Administration (ARA), Herbert Hoover, humanitarianism, progressive politics, empires, International Committee for Russian Relief (ICRR), Save the Children Fund (SCF), Sir Benjamin Robertson, Joseph Noulens, Eglantyne Jebb, soft power


There is perhaps a pervasive view that empires are at odds with progressive politics, which are, in their own turn, without covert agendas. The case study of the devastating Russian famine of 1921-23 is an opportunity to examine these views in more detail, and to consider the ways in which imperial agendas, and notions of the projection of soft power, were intertwined with the humanitarian agendas of NGOs.


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Author Biography

Maurice Suckling, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Russell Sage Labs 3204, Troy, NY 12180, USA


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How to Cite
Suckling, M. (2019). To What Extent Were Progressive Politics Before World War Two a Fundamentally Imperial Project? The Case of International Humanitarian Relief in Russia, 1921-1923. JOURNAL OF ADVANCES IN HUMANITIES, 7, 638-649.