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The Politics of Human Rights: Conservative or Progressive?

Core reading

Fabian Klose, Human Rights in the Shadow of Colonial Violence (Univ Penn, 2013).

Saul Dubow, ‘Smuts, the United Nations and the Rhetoric of Race and Rights’, in Journal of Contemporary History 43: 1 (2008), 45-74.

Further reading

Greg Grandin, ‘Human Rights and Empire's Embrace: A Latin American Counterpoint’ in Wasserstrom et al (eds.), Human Rights and Revolutions (Lantham, 2007), 191-212.

Mark Mazower, No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations (Princeton: 2009).

Marco Duranti, ‘Curbing Labour's Totalitarian Temptation: European Human Rights Law and British Postwar Politics’, Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 3(3), 361-383.

Thomas Laqueur, ‘The Dead Body and Human Rights’ in Sean T. Sweeney and Ian Hodder (eds.), The Body (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

Saul Dubow, South Africa’s Struggle for Human Rights (Ohio, 2012).

William Michael Schmidli, The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights and U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina (Cornell, 2013).