Inventing Human Rights A History

ISBN-10: 0393331997

ISBN-13: 9780393331998

Edition: 2008

Authors: Lynn Hunt
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Description: "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 far and wide. Hunt also shows the continued relevance of human rights in today's world.

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726

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