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The last utopia : human rights in history

Author: Samuel Moyn
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Belknap Press of Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Human rights offer a vision of international justice that today's idealistic millions hold dear. Yet the very concept on which the movement is based became familiar only a few decades ago when it profoundly reshaped our hopes for an improved humanity. Here, historian Samuel Moyn elevates that transformation to center stage and asks what it reveals about the ideal's troubled present and uncertain future. It was on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Moyn
ISBN: 9780674064348 0674064348
OCLC Number: 768071823
Notes: Originally published in hardcover in 2010.
Description: 337 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Humanity before human rights --
Death from birth --
Why anticolonialism wasn't a human rights movement --
The purity of this struggle --
International law and human rights --
Epilogue: The burden of morality --
Appendixes. "Human rights" in Anglo-American news ; Human rights in the 1940s ; Human rights between 1968-1978.
Responsibility: Samuel Moyn.

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The triumph of The Last Utopia is that it restores historical nuance, skepticism and context to a concept that, in the past 30 years, has played a large role in world affairs. -- Brendan Simms Wall Read more...

 
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