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Vol 24 No 9 Sept/Oct 2019

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A False Tree of Liberty: Human Rights in Radical Thought


ISBN13: 9780199675456
To be Published: November 2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £60.00



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.

Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
1: Introduction
2: Enclosure and its Critics
3: Two Early Modern Revolts
4: Rights in the English Revolution
5: The French Revolution Controversy
6: In the Shadow of Dearth
7: Improvement and the Real Rights of Man
8: Does Nature Confer Rights?
9: Trees and Liberty
10: Afterword