Human Rights in the Twentieth Century

Human Rights in the Twentieth Century

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Has there always been an inalienable 'right to have rights' as part of the human condition, as Hannah Arendt famously argued? The contributions to this volume examine how human rights came to define the bounds of universal morality in the course of the political crises and conflicts of the twentieth century. Although human rights are often viewed as a self-evident outcome of this history, the essays collected here make clear that human rights are a relatively recent invention that emerged in contingent and contradictory ways. Focusing on specific instances of their assertion or violation during the past century, this volume analyzes the place of human rights in various arenas of global politics, providing an alternative framework for understanding the political and legal dilemmas that these conflicts presented. In doing so, this volume captures the state of the art in a field that historians have only recently begun to explore.In 1978, one-quarter of respondents claimed to listen regularly to Western radio, especially for the news, a figure that rose to ... with material pursuits and light entertainment, but on closer inspection we can find the faint pulse of a civic consciousness. ... the 1950s, planned resettlement of rural Roma, and denial of their cultural and linguistic rights, to the forcible removal of Romani ... Revolution and Resistance in Eastern Europe: Challenges to Communist Rule (Oxford, 2006 ), 101a€“117.

Title:Human Rights in the Twentieth Century
Author:Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-12-13


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