9780393331998

Inventing Human Rights Pa

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393331998

  • ISBN10:

    0393331997

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 4/17/2008
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

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#xE2;#x80;#x99;s world.

Author Biography

Lynn Hunt lives in Los Angeles and is the Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History at UCLA. She is the author of many works on the French Revolution and the coauthor of Telling the Truth About History

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introduction: "We hold these truths to be self-evident"p. 15
"Torrents of Emotion": Reading Novels and Imagining Equalityp. 35
"Bone of Their Bone": Abolishing Torturep. 70
"They Have Set a Great Example": Declaring Rightsp. 113
"There Will be no End of It": The Consequences of Declaringp. 146
"The Soft Power of Humanity": Why Human Rights Failed, Only to Succeed in the Long Runp. 176
Three Declarations: 1776, 1789, 1948p. 215
Notesp. 230
Permissionsp. 261
Indexp. 263
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