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The Biafran War and postcolonial humanitarianism : spectacles of suffering

Author: Lasse Heerten
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Series: Human rights in history.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the summer of 1968, audiences around the globe were shocked when newspapers and TV stations confronted them with photographs of starving children in the secessionist Republic of Biafra. This global concern fundamentally changed how the Nigerian Civil War was perceived: an African civil war that had been fought for one year without fostering any substantial interest from international publics became 'Biafra' -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Heerten, Lasse.
Biafran War and postcolonial humanitarianism.
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2017021913
(OCoLC)986237280
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lasse Heerten
ISBN: 9781108518079 1108518079 9781108524032 1108524036
OCLC Number: 1004225615
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 398 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Part 1. The Emergences of Biafra. The end of empire and the coming of postcolonial conflict ; The Biafran campaign for self-determination in a postcolonial world of states ; The transnational internationalization of the Biafran campaign --
Part 2. Biafra on a Global Stage. Creating "Biafra": the discovery of civil war as a humanitarian crisis ; "Biafran babies": humanitarian visions of postcolonial disaster ; Auschwitz in Africa? Biafra, Holocaust memory, and the language of rights ; Distant suffering and close concerns: Biafra and the Third World in the global sixties --
Part 3. The Ends and Afterlives of Biafra. Biafra, the internationalism of states, and the question of genocide ; The end of Biafra, the end of the lobby ; The afterlives of Biafra.
Series Title: Human rights in history.
Responsibility: Lasse Heerten, Freie Universität Berlin.

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The first transnational history of the Nigerian Civil War, exploring how the conflict, initially of marginal interest to much of the world, became 'Biafra', a global protest and media event, and a  Read more...

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