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Křest ohněm pro Mezinárodní Červený kříž, nebo jedna z válek 19. století? Organizace zdravotní péče v německo-dánské válce roku 1864


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Baptism by fire for the International Red Cross, or one of the wars in the 19th century? Organization of the healthcare in the German-Danish War of 1864

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The paper seeks to introduce the German-Danish War of 1864 from a somewhat different perspective: through a prism of the organization of the healthcare. This article describes and compares the organization of military healthcare and voluntary healthcare during the German-Danish war of 1864. It also brings a description of the first application of the International Red Cross in war practice. The text is divided into several parts, which combine descriptive, explanatory and narrative approaches. The presentation is based on foreign sources. In the spirit of so-called new military history, it concentrates on the socio-cultural context of the war. In the conclusion, I explain whether the German-Danish War of 1864 represented an imaginary baptism by fire for the International Red Cross, or whether it was just another European war in the 19th century.


  • Moderní dějiny, redakce, Historický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., Prosecká 76, 190 00 Praha 9, Czech Republic


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