A UC Davis historian argues in a recently published paper in the American Historical Review that the Armenian Genocide sparked the modern humanitarian movement.
Keith David Watenpaugh, an associate professor who teaches in the religious studies program, says: “This was the first time a major international body, in this case the League of Nations, intervened on behalf of a large population of refugees and genocide survivors, to try to help them. Many Americans were involved in this effort. And it was also a major failure.”
Watenpaugh’s paper, “The League of Nations’ Rescue of Armenian Genocide Survivors and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism, 1920-1927,” was published in the December edition of the American Historical Review, the official publication of the American Historical Association.
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