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A false tree of liberty: human rights in radical thought

Marks, Susan (2019) A false tree of liberty: human rights in radical thought. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199675456

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Identification Number: 10.1093/oso/9780199675456.001.0001


This book is concerned with the history of the idea of human rights. It offers a fresh approach that puts aside familiar questions such as 'Where do human rights come from?' and 'When did human rights begin?' for the sake of looking into connections between debates about the rights of man and developments within the history of capitalism. The focus is on England, where, at the end of the eighteenth century, a heated controversy over the rights of man coincided with the final enclosure of common lands and the momentous changes associated with early industrialisation. Tracking back still further to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writing about dispossession, resistance and rights, the book reveals a forgotten tradition of thought about central issues in human rights, with profound implications for their prospects in the world today.

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Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2020 09:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:30

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