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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 a book that brilliantly synthesizes historical and intellectual developments from the Mesopotamian Codes of Hammurabi to today's era of globalization. As she chronicles the clash of social movements, ideas, and armies that have played a part in this struggle, Ishay illustrates how the histor ...more
Paperback, 459 pages
Published August 2nd 2004 by University of California Press
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Jake Cooper
A dry chronicle of human rights through time. The false precision of legal statements--the BYO interpretation--is embraced as interesting rather than dismissed as meaningless.

What punishments are "cruel and unusual"? How can the right to life ("thou shall not kill") be compatible with holy war? What crimes are "most serious" to merit the death penalty? Who are the "all men" that are created equal? The statements are uninformative if the terms are undefined.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great and in-depth historical review of human rights, although not so much good in the parts on religion especially Islam.
This is a good general look at the history of human rights. If you are looking into detailed accounts here you won't find it, but it works well as an intro book. There are just so many ideas that are touched upon without due reflection that the reader has the burden of carrying the work further (not that that's a bad thing, but rather something one typically doesn't look for in a book). It is clearly written though and is accessible. For someone looking for an easy and (relatively) comprehensive ...more
Jagati Bagchi
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rta - the vedic concept of natural order has always taken a supercedence in matter of human rights. The reason is that it is not stagnant but flows. as pointed out by "A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference."

The author takes time and patience to establish this with support of western philosophy.
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