Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights, The Breakthrough: Human Rights in the 1970s

Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights, The Breakthrough: Human Rights in the 1970s

edited by Jan Eckel, fl. 2013 and Samuel Moyn, fl. 2013, in Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), 352 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
Between the 1960s and the 1980s, the human rights movement achieved unprecedented global prominence. Amnesty International attained striking visibility with its Campaign Against Torture; Soviet dissidents attracted a worldwide audience for their heroism in facing down a totalitarian state; the Helsinki Accords were signed, incorporating a "third basket" of human rights principles; and the Carter administration formally gave the United States a human rights policy.The Breakthrough is the first collection to examine this decisive era as a whole, tracing key developments in both Western and non-Western engagement with human rights and placing new emphasis on the role of human rights in the international history of the past century. Bringing together original essays from some of the field's leading scholars, this volume not only explores the transnational histories of international and nongovernmental human rights organizations but also analyzes the complex interplay between gender, sociology, and ideology in the making of human rights politics at the local level. Detailed case studies illuminate how a number of local movements—from the 1975 World Congress of Women in East Berlin, to antiapartheid activism in Britain, to protests in Latin America—affected international human rights discourse in the era as well as the ways these moments continue to influence current understanding of human rights history and advocacy. The global south—an area not usually treated as a scene of human rights politics—is also spotlighted in groundbreaking chapters on Biafran, South American, and Indonesian developments. In recovering the remarkable presence of global human rights talk and practice in the 1970s, The Breakthrough brings this pivotal decade to the forefront of contemporary scholarly debate.Contributors: Carl J. Bon Tempo, Gunter Dehnert, Celia Donert, Lasse Heerten, Patrick William Kelly, Benjamin Nathans, Ned Richardson-Little, Daniel Sargent, Brad Simpson, Lynsay Skiba, Simon Stevens.Jan Eckel teaches history at the University of Freiburg.Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History at Harvard University, is the author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History, and editor of the journal Humanity.
Field of Interest
Global Issues
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2013, by University of Pennsylvania Press
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University of Pennsylvania Press
Place Published / Released
Philadelphia, PA
Global Issues, Social Sciences, Individual and Groups Rights, General Context: Human Rights Violations, War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity, Genocide, Social activism and activists, Human rights, Non-governmental organizations, Sociology, History, Direitos Individuais e de Grupo, Derechos del Individuo y de Grupos, 20th Century in World History (1914--2000)
Series / Program
Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Direitos Individuais e de Grupo, Derechos del Individuo y de Grupos

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