History of Human Rights From Ancient Times to the Globalization Era

ISBN-10: 0520256417

ISBN-13: 9780520256415

Edition: 2nd 2008

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Description: Micheline Ishay recounts the dramatic struggle for human rights across the ages in a book that brilliantly synthesizes historical and intellectual developments from the Mesopotamian Codes of Hammurabi to today's era of globalization. As she chronicles the clash of social movements, ideas, and armies that have played a part in this struggle, Ishay illustrates how the history of human rights has evolved from one era to the next through texts, cultural traditions, and creative expression. Writing with verve and extraordinary range, she develops a framework for understanding contemporary issues from the debate over globalization to the intervention in Kosovo to the climate for human rights after September 11, 2001. The only comprehensive history of human rights available, the book will be essential reading for anyone concerned with humankind's quest for justice and dignity. Ishay structures her chapters around six core questions that have shaped human rights debate and scholarship: What are the origins of human rights? Why did the European vision of human rights triumph over those of other civilizations? Has socialism made a lasting contribution to the legacy of human rights? Are human rights universal or culturally bound? Must human rights be sacrificed to the demands of national security? Is globalization eroding or advancing human rights? As she explores these questions, Ishay also incorporates notable documents--writings, speeches, and political statements--from activists, writers, and thinkers throughout history.

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List price: $34.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 4.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Preface to the 2008 Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Definition, the Argument, and Six Historical Controversies
Structure
Early Ethical Contributions to Human Rights
Religious and Secular Notions of Universalism
Liberty: The Origins of Tolerance
Equality: Early Notions of Economic and Social Justice
How to Promote Justice?
Fraternity, or Human Rights for Whom?
Human Rights and the Enlightenment: The Development of a Liberal and Secular Perspective on Human Rights
From Ancient Civilizations to the Rise of the West
Freedom of Religion and Opinion
The Right to Life
The Right to Private Property
The State and Just-War Theory
Human Rights for Whom?
Human Rights and the Industrial Age: The Development of a Socialist Perspective on Human Rights
The Industrial Age
Challenging the Liberal Vision of Rights
Universal Suffrage, Economic and Social Rights
Challenging Capitalism and the State
Human Rights for Whom?
The World Wars: The Institutionalization of International Rights and the Right to Self-Determination
The End of Empires
The Right to Self-Determination
Institutionalizing Human Rights
Human Rights for Whom?
Globalization and Its Impact on Human Rights
Globalization and Protest Movements
Defining Rights in the Era of Globalization
After September 11: Security versus Human Rights
Human Rights for Whom?
Promoting Human Rights in the Twenty-first Century: The Changing Arena of Struggle
Medievalism and the Absence of Civil Society
The Emergence of Civil Society during the Enlightenment
The Expansion of Civil Society in the Industrial Age
The Anti-Colonial Struggle
The Globalization of Civil Society? Or an Assault on the Private Realm?
A Chronology of Events and Writings Related to Human Rights
Notes
References
Index
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