The Human Rights Revolution: An International History

Paperback | January 3, 2012

EditorAkira Iriye, Petra Goedde, William I. Hitchcock

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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.

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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, w...

Akira Iriye is Charles Warren Research Professor of American History, Emeritus at Harvard University and the author of Cultural Internationalism and World Order. Petra Goedde is Associate Professor of History at Temple University and the author of GIs and Germans: Culture, Gender, and Foreign Relations, 1945-1949. William I. Hitchco...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsAkira Iriye and Petra Goedde: Introduction: Human Rights as HistoryPart I: The Human Rights Revolution1. Kenneth J. Cmiel: The Recent History of Human Rights2. G. Daniel Cohen: The Holocaust and the "Human Rights Revolution": A Reassessment3. Elizabeth Borgwardt: "Constitutionalizing" Human Rights: The Rise of the Nuremberg Principles4. William I. Hitchcock: Human Rights and the Laws of War: The Geneva Conventions of 19495. Atina Grossmann: Grams, Calories, and Food: Languages of Victimization, Entitlement, and Human Rights in Occupied Germany 1945-19496. Allida Black: Are Women 'Human'? The U.N. and the Struggle to Recognize Women's Rights as Human RightsPart II: The Globalization of Human Rights History7. Samuel Moyn: Imperialism, Self-Determination, and the Rise of Human Rights8. Brad Simpson: 'The First Right':The Carter Administration, Indonesia and the Transnational Human Rights Politics of the 1970s9. Barbara Keys: Anti-Torture Politics: Amnesty International, the Greek Junta, and the Origins of the Human Rights 'Boom' in the United States10. Carl J. Bon Tempo: From the Center-Right: Freedom House and Human Rights in the 1970s and 1980s11. Paul Rubinson: "Principles Overwhelming Tanks": Human Rights and the End of the Cold War12. Sarah B. Snyder: "Principles Overwhelming Tanks": Human Rights and the End of the Cold War13. Kelly J. Shannon: The Right to Bodily Integrity: Women's Rights as Human Rights and the International Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation, 1970s-1990s14. Alexis Dudden: Is History a Human Right? Japan and Korea's Troubles with the Past15. Mark Philip Bradley: Approaching the Universal Declaration of Human RightsIndex