The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History

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Harvard University Press, Mar 5, 2012 - History - 352 pages
Human rights offer a vision of international justice that today’s idealistic millions hold dear. Yet the very concept on which the movement is based became familiar only a few decades ago when it profoundly reshaped our hopes for an improved humanity. In this pioneering book, Samuel Moyn elevates that extraordinary transformation to center stage and asks what it reveals about the ideal’s troubled present and uncertain future.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
1 Humanity before Human Rights
11
2 Death from Birth
44
3 Why Anticolonialism Wasnt a Human Rights Movement
84
4 The Purity of This Struggle
120
5 International Law and Human Rights
176
The Burden of Morality
212
Appendixes
231
Notes
241
Bibliographical Essay
311
Acknowledgments
323
Index
327
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Samuel Moyn is Professor of History at Columbia University.

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