This work 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 18th 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 16th and 17th-century writing about dispossession, resistance and rights, the text reveals a forgotten tradition of thought about central issues in human rights, with profound implications for their prospects in the world today.
This edition previously issued in print: 2019.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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