'Peter Stamatov's careful analysis coupled with his theoretical acumen allows him to make an important historical claim: long-distance advocacy was not initially a secular institution, but rather emerged from religious activism among established clergy. However, he does not stop at that point. Stamatov argues that religious activism was highly correlated with the pattern of imperial advance. Thus, empire, religion, and long-distance advocacy develop in relation to each other - but not in any predetermined or uniform way. Rather, it is the interaction between the specific national context and the imperial context that generates the timing and character of the long-distance advocacy. This finding is important on a substantive as well as theoretical level. It will be a path-breaking contribution to the literature on globalization and transnational activism.' Mabel Berezin, Cornell University
'This monumental book unearths a dazzling array of sources to found a new genealogy of global culture. Early-modern Catholic and Protestant churches in Europe sanctioned colonization abroad, but some Spanish and British activists also deployed religion to enlarge the rights of distant colonial subjects. Deciphering the causes of their growing long-distance aid to cultural strangers comprises a puzzle about our times that is every bit as striking as the rise of nationalism or of democratic insurgency. Peter Stamatov has posted a landmark in understanding Western engagement in the world to our day.' Richard Biernacki, University of California, San Diego
Über das Produkt
How, when, and why did ordinary people began to care for the fate of distant strangers? This book addresses these questions by reconstructing, for the first time, the historical origins of global humanitarianism. Peter Stamatov investigates these origins in the context of European overseas imperialism between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.