French adventures in solidarity: revolutionary tourists and radical humanitarians

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This article uses the adventures in solidarity of French tiers-mondistes and sans-frontiéristes to introduce these two movements and indicate their position within the intellectual paradigm shift that occurred in France during the 1970s. Focusing on the case of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), it draws attention to the important position of humanitarianism during and following the decline of revolutionary frameworks in French intellectual and public life. The study posits that a fuller appreciation of humanitarianism’s relationship to political engagement will be necessary to better understand its contribution to internationalism and contemporary activism.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-595
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Review of HIstory
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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