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Cause for our Times

By Maggie Black
ISBN: 9780855981730
Maggie Black gives a wide-ranging, sometimes critical, account of Oxfam's first 50 years. In doing so, she projects Oxfam's own development against a backcloth of changing ideas in international affairs and charitable giving, of which its growth is both an inspiration and an expression.

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  • Synopsis
    Oxfam is one of the best-known and most successful charities in Britain. It is also one of the most controversial. This book, published to coincide with Oxfam’s 50th anniversary, describes how a small, local, wartime charity evolved into Britain’s largest overseas agency, in a period of rapid social and international change. From its initial mission to help starving civilians in Greece during the darkest days of the Second World War, to the recent Charity Commission investigation into its campaigning activities, Oxfam has frequently been in the news. Its humanitarian mission has never been safe, whether in Africa or Vietnam, Central America or the Middle East; whether in hard hitting fundraising or educational activity, in nagging governments into helping famine victims or responding to needs in the midst of armed conflict. Maggie Black gives a wide-ranging, sometimes critical, account of Oxfam's first 50 years. In doing so, she projects Oxfam's own development against a backcloth of changing ideas in international affairs and charitable giving, of which its growth is both an inspiration and an expression.
  • Table of Contents
    * List of illustrations;

    * Acknowledgements;

    * Part 1: The war and its aftermath 1942-59;
    1. Fanatics; soft-heads; and sentimental idealists; 
    2. Winning the peace: the moral aftermath of war
    3. Asylum is an affair of the heart;


    * Part 2: Sunrise over the third world: the 1960's;
    4. A crusade for our times;
    5. The shoals of controversy;
    6. Acts of God and acts of man;

    * Part 3: The age of alternatives: the 1970's;
    7. In Gandhi's footsteps;
    8. Bargaining for a better world;
    9. To have more and to be more;


    * Part 4: The business of compassion: the 1980's;
    10. To the killing fields;
    11. Black man's burden revisited;
    12. Campaign for a fairer world;


    * Epilogue; An Oxfam Chronology;

    * Sources and references;

    * Index
  • Details
    Sub Title No
    Author Maggie Black
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 338
    Format Paperback / softback