Category Archives: Internationalism

The long history of humanitarianism, and the women who invented it

Glenda Sluga examines the origins of humanitarianism through the life and politics of Baltic German noblewoman Princess Dorothea von Lieven. When historians of international politics remember the Baltic-born Russian countess-cum‑princess Dorothea Lieven (1785-1857) it is usually because of her romantic relationship with … Continue reading

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“Women are the oldest colonial group in the world”: Elizabeth Reid on human rights and women’s rights in Mexico City, 1975

Examining the Elizabeth Reid papers at the National Library of Australia, Jon Piccini uncovers her contributions to International Women’s Year, 1975 after attending the ANU Gender Institute symposium, How the Personal Became Political. During International Women’s Year, 1975, Australia’s Elizabeth Reid took … Continue reading

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Australian women at the League of Nations: A spotlight on settler colonialism in the 1930s

Fiona Paisley begins VIDA blog’s Humanitarianism and Internationalism Series with an analysis of settler colonialism, slavery, and the role of Australian women at the League of Nations. In 1935, an Australian delegation at the Assembly of the League of Nations … Continue reading

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