Human Rights in the Twentieth Century by Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
(Human Rights in History)

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Has there always been an inalienable 'right to have rights' as part of the human condition, as Hannah Arendt famously argued? The contributions to this volume examine how human rights came to define the bounds of universal morality in the course of the political crises and conflicts of the twentieth century. Although human rights are often viewed as a self-evident outcome of this history, the essays collected here make clear that human rights are a relatively recent invention that emerged in contingent and contradictory ways. Focusing on specific instances of their assertion or violation during the past century, this volume analyzes the place of human rights in various arenas of global politics, providing an alternative framework for understanding the political and legal dilemmas that these conflicts presented. In doing so, this volume captures the state of the art in a field that historians have only recently begun to explore.

About Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann

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Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann is Research Director at the Center for Research in Contemporary History, Potsdam, Germany, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. He is the author of the prizewinning The Politics of Sociability: Freemasonry and German Civil Society 1840-1918 (2007). Currently, he is preparing a short history of human rights and a book on Berlin in the wake of World War II.
Published January 1, 2010 by Cambridge University Press. 367 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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