This review evaluates the current state of the historiography of human rights, which originated as a field a mere decade ago. It proposes that the substantive contents of norms, doctrines, and law still attract most historians interested in human rights but are only part of a necessarily broader domain of inquiry. Promisingly, recent entries in the field focus on the extension of the geographical scale of application of human rights, as well as on the differing political and ideological salience that human rights ideas have achieved in diverse moments. The historiographical survey concludes with a discussion of why the history of human rights began to be written and whether it is a pressing task to continue building the field.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Moyn: Substance, Scale, and Salience: The Recent Historiography of Human Rights
Samuel Moyn (Columbia Univ. - History) has posted Substance, Scale, and Salience: The Recent Historiography of Human Rights (Annual Review of Law and Social Science, forthcoming). Here's the abstract: