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The Evolution of International Human Rights: Visions Seen (Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights) [Paperback]

Paul Gordon Lauren
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March 17, 2011 0812221389 978-0812221381 Third Edition

This widely acclaimed and highly regarded book, used extensively by students, scholars, policymakers, and activists, now appears in a new third edition. Focusing on the theme of visions seen by those who dreamed of what might be, Lauren explores the dramatic transformation of a world patterned by centuries of human rights abuses into a global community that now boldly proclaims that the way governments treat their own people is a matter of international concern—and sets the goal of human rights "for all peoples and all nations." He reveals the truly universal nature of this movement, places contemporary events within their broader historical contexts, and explains the relationship between individual cases and larger issues of human rights with insight.

This new edition incorporates material from recently declassified documents and the most recent scholarship relating to the creation of the new Human Rights Council and its Universal Periodic Review, the International Criminal Court, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), terrorism and torture, the impact of globalization and modern technology, and activists in NGOs devoted to human rights. It provides perceptive assessments of the process of change, the power of visions and visionaries, politics and political will, and the evolving meanings of sovereignty, security, and human rights themselves.


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"Perhaps the most significant contribution to the historiography of human rights. . . . [A] beautiful historical tapestry . . . [in which] colorful threads converge to create complications that only an astute scholar-author could sift through without being lost in analytical mazes or leaving behind bewildered readers."—Human Rights Quarterly



"Beautifully written and meticulously researched history of the idea of human rights. . . . To read in this book how far we have come and how far we still have to go is an inspiration to the activist and a challenge to the idle."—American Journal of International Law



"An indispensable reference source for scholars and students of human rights."—Political Science Quarterly



"Paul Gordon Lauren has skillfully combined a detailed history of the legal documents with the political, philosophical, and social context in which they developed."—American Historical Review

About the Author

Paul Gordon Lauren is Regents Professor at the University of Montana. He is the author of a number of books, including the award-winning Power and Prejudice: The Politics and Diplomacy of Racial Discrimination.

Product Details

  • Series: Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press; Third Edition edition (March 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812221389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812221381
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book September 14, 1999
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"The 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has loosed a spate of books on the academic world. Lauren's volume will count among the very best, with its thorough detail, wide range, and fascinating insights. This volume is a model of scholarship. It shows how visionaries and diplomats, NGOs and governments, moved from the almost totally unquestioned pre-WWII doctrine of domestic sovereignty to the current reality of global awareness of and obligations to internal human rights practices.....Belongs in the library of every college, citizen activist, or scholar interested in how one of humanity's transforming documents came into being." -- Choice
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly International History of Human rRights October 9, 2001
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One of the major things that striked me about this book is Lauren's acknowledgement that the concept of human rights is not a completely Western creation. Traditions around the world, political, cultural, and religious, have stressed justice and equality.
Lauren's treatment of Human Rights is quite thorough. I have to commend him for the fact that he does not value judgements on any of the events he described. He acknowledges the mistakes made but does not dwell on them.
I also learned a lot of things about history that wasn't touched about in my history classes. I can say that I actually felt smarter reading this book. :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars indispensable January 25, 2000
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"It seems fitting that Paul Lauren's book should have been published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In it, he provides the most comprehensive and exhaustively researched history of human rights ideas and the institutions to implement those ideas that has been written to date. I expect it will become an indispensable reference source for scholars and students of human rights" -- Political Science Quarterly
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent October 5, 1999
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"This is a text which should be on the desk of every practioner in the field of human rights....absorbing." -- Dr. Colin Aikman, NZ International Review
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5.0 out of 5 stars an extremely significant book September 2, 1999
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"The fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights produced many commemorative events, among the most significant of which is this beautifully written and meticulously researched history of the idea of human rights. The author, a professor at the University of Montana, traces the streams of religious and philosophical thought that merged to become the modern human rights revolution and convincingly shows that the notion of human rights is global, ancient, and evolving....The book is extremely significant....To read in this book how far we have come and how far we still hae to go is an inspiration to the activist and a challenge to the idle." --American Journal of International Law
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars From excitement to dread in two chapters February 11, 2012
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I was excited when I registered for my History of Human Rights class. It's too bad this amazingly boring book is the required text. I'm sure professors love it, but for students it sucks. It sucks the life out of every movement and episode in history by reducing them to a lifeless husk of names, dates and places. It is dense with the agencies formed to enforce human rights, but there is so little humanity in this book. I can't wait until this class is over, which is disappointing to me. I've spent hundreds of dollars on a course that I am slogging through, knowing that if I want to renew my interest in this subject I have to stay away from academic classes on this subject.
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