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The immutable laws of mankind : the struggle for universal human rights / Alastair Davidson.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: K3240 .D383 2012

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    The key question for the history of universal human rights is why it took so long for them to become established as law. The main theme of this book is that the attainment of universal human rights required heroic struggle, first by individuals and then by ever-increasing numbers of people who supported those views against the major historical trends. Universal human rights are won from a hostile majority by outsiders. The chapters in the book describe the milestones in that struggle. The history presented in this book shows that, in most places at most times, even today, for concrete material reasons a great many people oppose the notion that all individuals have equal rights. The dominant history since the 1600s has been that of a mass struggle for the national-democratic state. This book argues that this struggle for national rights has been practically and logically contradictory with the struggle for universal rights. It would only be otherwise if there were free migration and access to citizenship on demand by anybody. This has never been the case. Rather than drawing only on European sources and being limited to major literary figures, this book is written from the Gramscian perspective that ideas mean little until they are taken up as mass ideologies. It draws on sources from Asia and America and on knowledge about mass attitudes, globally and throughout history.
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    Book
    Author/Creator
    Davidson, Alastair, 1939-
    Published
    Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, ©2012
    Contents
    A world without rights
    Eyes turned heavenwards
    When the world was new
    The open republic, or Kafka's doorman
    Jack is master in his own house : the triumph of the nation
    Rousseau
    Human rights and the working class
    The excluded : women
    The excluded : slaves
    It could happen to us : the uniting force of genocide
    Human rights in the nineteenth century
    Fathering the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 483-507) and indexes.
    A world without rights -- Eyes turned heavenwards -- When the world was new -- The open republic, or Kafka's doorman -- Jack is master in his own house : the triumph of the nation -- Rousseau -- Human rights and the working class -- The excluded : women -- The excluded : slaves -- It could happen to us : the uniting force of genocide -- Human rights in the nineteenth century -- Fathering the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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    English
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    ISBN
    9789400741829
    9400741820
    9789400741836
    9400741839
    Physical Description
    xxxiii, 520 pages ; 25 cm

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