How were human rights invented, and what is their turbulent history? Human rights is a concept that only came to the forefront during the eighteenth century. When the American Declaration of Independence declared "all men are created equal" and the French proclaimed the Declaration of the... read more
Introduction: "We hold these truths to be self-evident"
1. "TORRENTS OF EMOTION" Reading Novels and Imagining Equality
2. "BONE OF THEIR BONE" Abolishing Torture
3. "THEY HAVE SET A GREAT EXAMPLE" Declaring Rights
4. "THERE WILL BE NO END OF IT" The Consequences of Declaring
5. "THE SOFT POWER OF HUMANITY" Why HUman Rights Failed, Only to Succeed in the Long Run