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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.
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
|Introduction: "We hold these truths to be self-evident"||p. 15|
|"Torrents of Emotion": Reading Novels and Imagining Equality||p. 35|
|"Bone of Their Bone": Abolishing Torture||p. 70|
|"They Have Set a Great Example": Declaring Rights||p. 113|
|"There Will be no End of It": The Consequences of Declaring||p. 146|
|"The Soft Power of Humanity": Why Human Rights Failed, Only to Succeed in the Long Run||p. 176|
|Three Declarations: 1776, 1789, 1948||p. 215|
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