The History of Human Rights: From Ancient Times to the Globalization Era

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Micheline Ishay recounts the dramatic struggle for human rights across the ages in book that brilliantly synthesizes historical and intellectual developments from the Mesopotamian code of Hammurabi to today's era of globalization. As she chronicles the clash of ideas, social movements, and armed conflicts that have played a part in this struggle, Ishay illustrates how the concept of human rights has evolved from one era to another through texts, cultural traditions, and creative expression. Writing with verve and extraordinary range in the only comprehensive history of human rights available, she develops a framework for understanding contemporary issues from the debate over globalization to the intervention in Kosovo to the post-September 11 climate for human rights.

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"A definitive account of the history of human rights told from the perspective of those struggling to obtain them. Using the Enlightenment, industrialization, war, national self-determination, and globalization as lenses through which to look at their evolution, Ishay brings both historical context and conceptual acuity to modern debates about the role of human rights in a multicultural world. Her encompassing and compassionate approach issues in a book equally valuable to scholars, students, and citizens."-Benjamin Barber, University of Maryland, author of Jihad vs. McWorld "This well-written book, chock-full of knowledge, presents a history of the idea, or ideas, of human rights through the prism of the author's thoughtful views on key controversies that bedevil human rights discourse to this day."-Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, Chair, University of Essex Human Rights Centre; Member, (UN) Human Rights Committee "The first account of human rights as embedded in the history of political theory, relating it to the basic issues of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Erudite and non-dogmatic, Ishay reaches beyond individual human rights to issues of economic, cultural and national rights, and shows how the campaign for human rights was instrumental in bringing down oppressive regimes in the last decades... Humane and generous in its approach, brilliant in its conception and presentation."-Shlomo Avineri, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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"This well-written book, chock-full of knowledge, presents a history of the idea, or ideas, of human rights through the prism of the author's thoughtful views on key controversies that bedevil human rights discourse to this day."―Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, Chair, University of Essex Human Rights Centre; Member, (UN) Human Rights Committee

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