Inventing Human Rights: A History

Inventing Human Rights: A History

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by Lynn Hunt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393331997

ISBN-13: 9780393331998

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

“A tour de force.”—Gordon S. Wood, New York Times Book Review
How were human rights invented, and how does their tumultuous history influence their perception and our ability to protect them today? From Professor Lynn Hunt comes this extraordinary cultural and intellectual history, which traces the roots of human rights to the rejection of torture

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“A tour de force.”—Gordon S. Wood, New York Times Book Review
How were human rights invented, and how does their tumultuous history influence their perception and our ability to protect them today? From Professor Lynn Hunt comes this extraordinary cultural and intellectual history, which traces the roots of human rights to the rejection of torture as a means for finding the truth. She demonstrates how ideas of human relationships portrayed in novels and art helped spread these new ideals and how human rights continue to be contested today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393331998
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
239,568
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     11
Introduction: "We hold these truths to be self-evident"     15
"Torrents of Emotion": Reading Novels and Imagining Equality     35
"Bone of Their Bone": Abolishing Torture     70
"They Have Set a Great Example": Declaring Rights     113
"There Will be no End of It": The Consequences of Declaring     146
"The Soft Power of Humanity": Why Human Rights Failed, Only to Succeed in the Long Run     176
Three Declarations: 1776, 1789, 1948     215
Notes     230
Permissions     261
Index     263

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