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Description - Inventing Human Rights by Lynn Hunt

"A tour de force."
-Gordon S. Wood, New York Times Book Review
How were human rights invented, and how does their tumultuous history influence their perception and our ability to protect them today? From Professor Lynn Hunt comes this extraordinary cultural and intellectual history, which traces the roots of human rights to the rejection of torture as a means for finding the truth. She demonstrates how ideas of human relationships portrayed in novels and art helped spread these new ideals far and wide. Hunt also shows the continued relevance of human rights in today's world.
"This is a wonderful history of the emergence and development of the powerful idea of human rights, written by one of the leading historians of our time."
-Amartya Sen
"Hunt's survey is fast-paced, provocative and ultimately optimistic. Declarations, she writes, are not empty words but transformative; they make us want to become the people they claim we are."
-The New Yorker

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393331998
ISBN-10: 0393331997
Format: Paperback / softback
(211mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 17-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lynn Hunt

Lynn Hunt is Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA, former president of the American Historical Association, and author of numerous works, including Inventing Human Rights and Telling the Truth about History. She lives in Los Angeles.

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