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The evolution of international human rights : visions seen

Author: Paul Gordon Lauren
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2011.
Series: Pennsylvania studies in human rights.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats

Focusing on the theme of visions seen by those who dreamed of what might be, Lauren explores the dramatic transformation of a world patterned by centuries of human rights abuses into a global  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Gordon Lauren
ISBN: 9780812221381 0812221389
OCLC Number: 609305269
Description: xii, 414 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. My Brother's and Sister's Keeper: Visions and the Origins of Human Rights --
Religious Visions --
Philosophical Visions --
Traditional Practices and Ideas of a Very Different Sort --
Visions --
and Reality --
2. To Protect Humanity and Defend Justice: Early International Efforts --
To Free the Enslaved --
To Assist the Exploited --
To Care for the Wounded --
To Protect the Persecuted --
3. Entering the Twentieth Century: Visions, War, Revolutions, and Peacemaking --
Modernization, Internationalization, and Visions of Rights --
War, Revolutions, and Rights --
Peacemaking and Human Rights --
The Covenant: Rights Proclaimed and Rights Rejected. 4. Opportunities and Challenges: Visions and Rights Between the Wars --
A Flourishing of Visions --
Opportunities for New Departures --
Persistent Problems and Challenges --
The Gathering Storm --
5. A "People's War": The Crusade of World War II --
War, Genocide, and Self-Reflections --
Crusaders, Visions, and Proposals --
Human Rights Versus National Sovereignty in Postwar Planning --
Opposition from the Great Powers --
6. A "People's Peace": Peace and a Charter with Human Rights --
Insisting on a Peace with Rights --
Politics and Diplomacy at the San Francisco Conference --
The Charter of the United Nations --
Differing Reactions and Assessments --
7. Proclaiming a Vision: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights --
The Revolution Begins --
Challenging Questions of Philosophy --
Difficult Problems of Politics --
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 8. Transforming Visions into Reality: The First Fifty Years of the Universal Declaration --
Extending Rights and Setting Standards --
Protecting Rights Through Implementation --
Promoting Rights --
Expanding Activities and Enhancing Rights --
9. The Continuing Evolution --
International Law, the Responsibility to Protect, and Challenges to Sovereignty --
Globalization, Development, Terrorism --
and Torture --
New Human Rights Institutions and Organizations --
Technology and Political Will --
10. Toward the Future --
The Nature and Power of Visions --
People of Vision and Action --
Forces and Events of Consequence --
Process, Politics, and Perspective.
Series Title: Pennsylvania studies in human rights.
Responsibility: Paul Gordon Lauren.


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