The Human Rights Revolution

The Human Rights Revolution : An International History

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The third volume for the OUP/National History Center series, Reinterpreting History, this book offers a critical look at the political movement encompassed by human rights, a term rarely used before the 1940s. An agenda for human rights, with particular attention to international justice in the wake of crimes against humanity, women's rights, indigenous rights, the right to health care, all developed in the second half of the 20th century. Drawing on the work of legal scholars, political scientists, journalists, activists, and historians, human rights as a field of research has been characterized by analysis of natural rights, study of key documents like the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, discussion of activism and NGOs, and analysis of rhetoric. This volume will take a case study approach that will shed light on different perspectives, methodologies, and conceptualizations for the study of human rights history.
The contributors to this volume look at the wave of human rights legislation emerging out of World War II, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the Nuremberg trial, and the Geneva Conventions, and the flowering of human rights activity in the 1970s and beyond, including anti-torture campaigns and Amnesty International, Indonesia and East Timor, international scientists and human rights, and female genital mutilation. The book concludes with a look at the UN Declaration at its 60th anniversary. Together the group of renowned senior and junior scholars create a volume that can introduce students from a range of disciplines to this topic, as well as offer new perspectives for scholars.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195333144
  • 9780195333145
  • 707,537

Table of contents

Contributors ; Introduction: Human Rights as History, by Akira Iriye and Petra Goedde ; Part I: The Human Rights Revolution ; 1. Kenneth J. Cmiel, The Recent History of Human Rights ; 2. G. Daniel Cohen, The Holocaust and the "Human Rights Revolution": A Reassessment ; 3. Elizabeth Borgwardt, "Constitutionalizing" Human Rights: The Rise of the Nuremberg Principles ; 4. William I. Hitchcock: Human Rights and the Laws of War: The Geneva Conventions of 1949 ; 5. Atina Grossmann, Grams, Calories, and Food: Languages of Victimization, Entitlement, and Human Rights in Occupied Germany 1945-1949 ; 6. Allida Black, Are Women 'Human'? The U.N. and the Struggle to Recognize Women's Rights as Human Rights ; II. The Globalization of Human Rights History ; 7. Samuel Moyn, Imperialism, Self-Determination, and the Rise of Human Rights ; 8. Brad Simpson, 'The First Right':The Carter Administration, Indonesia and the Transnational Human Rights Politics of the 1970s ; 9. Barbara Keys, Anti-Torture Politics: Amnesty International, the Greek Junta, and the Origins of the Human Rights 'Boom' in the United States ; 10. Carl J. Bon Tempo, From the Center-Right: Freedom House and Human Rights in the 1970s and 1980s ; 11. Paul Rubinson, "For Our Soviet Colleagues": Scientific Internationalism, Human Rights and the Cold War ; 12. Sarah B. Snyder, "Principles Overwhelming Tanks": Human Rights and the End of the Cold War ; 13. Kelly J. Shannon, The Right to Bodily Integrity: Women's Rights as Human Rights and the International Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation, 1970s-1990s ; 14. Alexis Dudden, Is History a Human Right? Japan and Korea's Troubles with the Past ; 15. Mark Philip Bradley, Approaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ; Index
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One of the very best introductions to the history of human rights in the modern world for both undergraduate and graduate students. The essays, by a wide range of scholars, represent some of the best work in the field and nicely survey the range of what we think we know about human rights, a quite new field of historical study...The contributions are well edited and cohere as a volume in a manner that few collections of conference papers do. Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
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About William I. Hitchcock

Charles Warren Research Professor of American History, Emeritus, Harvard University. Author of China and Japan in the Global Setting (1992), The Globalizing of America (1993), and Cultural Internationalism and World Order (1997), among other titles.
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