Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
xxiii, 376 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Human rights in history.
Formatted Contents Note
Family and education, 1887-1914 The Great War and its aftermath Cassin in Geneva From nightmare to reality, 1936-1940 Free France, 1940-1941 World War, 1941-1943 Restoring the republican legal order : the "comitâe juridique" Freeze frame : Renâe Cassin in 1944 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights : origins and echoes The vice-president of the Conseil d'Etat, 1944-1960 A Jewish life.
"Through the life of one extraordinary man, this biography reveals what the term human rights meant to the men and women who endured two world wars, and how this major political and intellectual movement ultimately inspired and enshrined the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. René Cassin was a man of his generation, committed to moving from war to peace through international law, and whose work won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1968. His life crossed all the major events of the first 70 years of the twentieth century, and illustrates the hopes, aspirations, failures, and achievements of an entire generation. It shows how today's human rights regimes emerged from the First World War as a pacifist response to that catastrophe and how, after 1945, human rights became a way to go beyond the dangers of absolute state sovereignty, helping to create today's European project"-- Provided by publisher.
Originally published in French by Fayard, 2011.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
KJV251.5.C37 P7613 2013
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