Uncovering International Aid in China from UNRRA, 1943-1947

  • UNRRA (1943-1947) was an international organization that coordinated relief for victims of the Second World War in areas liberated from Axis control. Existing historical scholarship has put an unbalanced emphasis on global post-war reconstruction: European experiences have attracted much attention whereas scholars pay little attention to non-Western cases, with a few exceptions such as Japan. For long, not only in Western media, but also in Chinese historical scholarship, China has been either regarded as a passive recipient of international humanitarianism, or has simply been overlooked. But looking at UNRRA in China provides us with an opportunity to investigate how non-Western actors and motivations could shape a transnational humanitarian project, in a way different from European cases.

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Author:Jiayi Tao
Parent Title (German):Dossier: Utopien im Wandel. Zur Geschichte der Menschenrechte und des Humanitarismus im 20. Jahrhundert
Publisher:ZZF - Centre for Contemporary History: Zeitgeschichte online
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Online Publication
Date of first Publication:2018/12/07
Release Date:2023/07/30
ZZF Chronological-Classification:20. Jahrhundert
ZZF Topic-Classification:Gewalt
Transnationale Geschichte
ZZF Regional-Classification:Asien / Ostasien / China
Web-Publications:Zeitgeschichte online
Licence (German):License LogoZZF - Clio Lizenz