Inventing Human Rights: A History by Lynn HuntInventing Human Rights: A History by Lynn Hunt

Inventing Human Rights: A History

byLynn Hunt

Paperback | March 25, 2008

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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 and how human rights continue to be contested today.
Lynn Hunt is Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA, former president of the American Historical Association, and author of numerous works, including Inventing Human Rights and Telling the Truth about History. She lives in Los Angeles.
Title:Inventing Human Rights: A HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.2 × 5.46 × 0.61 inPublished:March 25, 2008Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393331997

ISBN - 13:9780393331998


Editorial Reviews

Elegant... intriguing, if not audacious... Hunt is an astute historian. — Joanna Bourke (Harper's)Fast-paced, provocative, and ultimately optimistic. Declarations, she writes, are not empty words but transformative; they make us want to become the people they claim we are. — The New YorkerA provocative and engaging history of the political impact of human rights. — Gary J. Bass (New Republic)This is a wonderful story of the emergence and development of the powerful idea of human rights, written by one of the leading historians of our time. — Amartya SenRich, elegant, and persuasive. — London Review of BooksAs Americans begin to hold their leaders accountable for the mistakes made in the war against terror, this book ought to serve as a guide to thinking about one of the most serious mistakes of all, the belief that America can win that war by revoking the Declaration that brought the nation into being. — Alan Wolfe (Commonweal)