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By Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann

Has there consistently been an inalienable "right to have rights" as a part of the human , as Hannah Arendt famously argued? The contributions to this quantity study how human rights got here to outline the boundaries of common morality during the political crises and conflicts of the 20th century. even if human rights are usually seen as a self-evident consequence of this historical past, the essays amassed the following clarify that human rights are a comparatively fresh invention that emerged in contingent and contradictory methods. concentrating on particular circumstances in their statement or violation in past times century, this quantity analyzes where of human rights in numerous arenas of worldwide politics, supplying an alternate framework for knowing the political and criminal dilemmas that those conflicts offered. In doing so, this quantity captures the cutting-edge in a box that historians have only in the near past began to discover

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Gray, ‘West Africa’, Journal of the Society of Comparative Legislation (1899), 129. End of Civilization and the Rise of Human Rights 35 Doubts were growing. German and Italian jurists essentially ruled out any non-European power receiving full recognition; the prominent Russian jurist de Martens was equally emphatic. As for the empire builders, in Africa, in particular, as well as in the Pacific, many liberals and Gladstonians came to terms with imperialism at century’s end – as Saul Dubow has recently reminded us – because they thought in terms of a kind of an imperial cosmopolitanism or commonwealth, in which individual peoples might preserve their own distinctive cultures.

J. S. , as the converse of barbarism), and that the elements of civilized life existed in modern Europe (and especially in Great Britain) ‘in a more eminent degree and in a state of more rapid progression, than at any other place or time’. But Mill was not completely positive about this; civilization – he noted, striking a Tocquevillean note – meant that individuals mattered less, and masses more. 2 These uncertainties did not vanish, and they were to reappear with a vengeance as we shall see (often inspired by the same force that had given de Tocqueville pause – the rise of the United States); but for the rest of the nineteenth century, it was the relatively sunny version that came to dominate thinking about international affairs.

Vol. 8 (Moscow, 1972), 47. , vol. 19 (Moscow, 1975), 93. Stephen Kotkin, with a contribution by Jan T. Gross, Uncivil Society. 1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment (New York, 2009), 9. Genealogies of Human Rights 23 legality” gained salience as a legal practice beginning in the early 1970s, when socialist states could no longer rely on terror and utopian promise alone. Human rights were thus not simply an invention of a small group of dissident intellectuals, as is usually assumed today.

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