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Emotional BodiesThe Historical Performativity of Emotions$
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Dolores Martín-Moruno and Beatriz Pichel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042898

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042898.001.0001

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Performing Compassion in Wartime

Performing Compassion in Wartime

Humanitarian Narratives in the Spanish Civil Wars of the 1870s

(p.199) 9. Performing Compassion in Wartime
Emotional Bodies

Jon Arrizabalaga

University of Illinois Press

The civil wars of Spain in the 1870s were the true baptism of fire for the Spanish Red Cross (SRC) and the first major civil conflict that the Red Cross international movement had to confront in its early times. This article explores the humanitarian narratives during the Second Carlist War (1872-1876) by two major leaders of the early SRC: the medical officer and its first general inspector, Nicasio Landa (1830-1891), and the lawyer, social reformer, and first secretary of the SRC’s Central Section of Ladies, Concepción Arenal (1820-1893). By means of letters, reports, and articles addressed to rather different audiences, both of them aimed to perform civilian population’s compassion toward the victims of the civil war and to empower emergent humanitarian bodies such as the SRC.

Keywords:   Humanitarian Narratives, Compassion, Civil War, Spain, Second Carlist War, Spanish Red Cross, Nicasio Landa, Concepción Arenal

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