The human rights revolution : an international history

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Between the Second World War and the early 1970s, political leaders, activists, citizens, protestors. and freedom fighters triggered a human rights revolution in world affairs. Stimulated particularly by the horrors of the crimes against humanity in the 1940s, the human rights revolution grewrapidly to subsume claims from minorities, women, the politically oppressed, and marginal communities across the globe. The human rights revolution began with a disarmingly simple idea: that every individual, whatever his or her nationality, political beliefs, or ethnic and religious heritage,possesses an inviolable right to be treated with dignity. From this basic claim grew many more, and ever since, the cascading effect of these initial rights claims has dramatically shaped world history down to our own times.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 expansion of human rights activity in the 1970s and beyond, including the anti-torturecampaigns of Amnesty International, human rights politics in Indonesia and East Timor, the emergence of a human rights agenda among international scientists, and the global campaign female genital mutilation. The book concludes with a look at the UN Declaration at its 60th anniversary. Bringingtogether renowned senior scholars with a new generation of international historians, these essays set an ambitious agenda for the history of human rights.
Introduction: Human rights as history / Akira Iriye and Petra Goedde
The recent history of human rights / Kenneth Cmiel
The Holocaust and the "human rights revolution" : a reassessment / G. Daniel Cohen
"Constitutionalizing" human right : the rise and rise of the Nuremberg principles / Elizabeth Borgwardt
Human rights and the laws of war : the Geneva Convention of 1949 / William I. Hitchcock
Grams, calories, and food : languages of victimization, entitlement, and human rights in occupied Germany, 1945-1949 / Atina Grossmann
Are women "human"? : the UN and the struggle to recognize women's rights as human rights / Allida Black
Imperialism, self-determination, and the rise of human rights / Samuel Moyn
"The first right" : the Carter Administration, Indonesia, and the transnational human rights politics of the 1970s / Brad Simpson
Anti-torture politics : Amnesty International, the Greek junta, and the origins of the human rights "boom in the United States / Barbara Keys
From the center-right : Freedom House and human rights in the 1970s and 1980s / Carl J. Bon Tempo
"For our Soviet colleagues" : scientific internationalism, human rights, and the Cold War / Paul Rubinson
Principles overwhelming tanks : human rights and the end of the Cold War / Sarah B. Snyder
The right to bodily integrity : women's rights as human rights and the international movement to end female genital mutilation, 1970s-1990s / Kelly J. Shannon
Is history a human right? : Japan's and Korea's troubles with the past / Alexis Dudden
Approaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights / Mark Philip Bradley.

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Series Reinterpreting history.
Subjects Human rights -- History.
Human rights -- Political aspects -- History.
Publisher Oxford ; New York :Oxford University Press,2012
Contributors Iriye, Akira.
Goedde, Petra, 1964-
Hitchcock, William I.
Language English
Description xiv, 353 pages ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780195333145 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0195333144 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780195333138 (alk. paper)
0195333136 (alk. paper)
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