The reluctant internationalists: a multidisciplinary history of public health and international organisations, movements and experts in twentieth century Europe


  • Dr Jessica Reinisch

    Birkbeck, University of London

Project summary

This project connects both the history of public health with the history of international institutions, which has not yet been done. Professor Reinisch is constructing a broad, new perspective on ideas and forms of internationalism, and the international ambitions of doctors, medical researchers, relief workers, public health teams, politicians, generals, diplomats, and policy-makers in twentieth century Europe. Ultimately the goal of the project is to be a major, agenda-setting monograph on the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration as the most significant international organisation to be established on the ruins of the League of Nations, which significantly shaped international collaboration in its wake.