By Amalia Ribi Forclaz
account makes a speciality of the interwar years, whilst slavery in Africa turned a focus of humanitarian and imperial curiosity, linking Catholic and Protestant philanthropists, missionaries of other faiths, colonial officers, diplomats, and political leaders in Africa and Europe. on the centre of the narrative is
the crusade opposed to slavery in Ethiopia, a subject matter which served as a catalyst for the articulation of foreign humanitarian criteria in the League of countries in Geneva.
By taking a look at the interaction among British and Italian advocates of abolition, Humanitarian Imperialism indicates how within the Nineteen Thirties anti-slavery campaigning advanced in shut organization with Fascist imperialism. therefore, in the course of the Italo-Ethiopian conflict of 1935, the anti-slavery argument turned a propaganda instrument to placate public opinion in Britain and in other places. due to its international echoes, even though, the clash additionally generated around the world protest that undermined the ideals and certainties of
anti-slavery campaigners, leading to a obstacle of humanitarian imperialism. via following the tale of anti-slavery activism into the post-1945 interval, this quantity illuminates the continuities and discontinuities within the overseas historical past of humanitarian corporations in addition to the heritage of imperial