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The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century

Concerns about rights in the United States have a long history, but the articulation of global human rights in the twentieth century was something altogether different. In The World Reimagined, Mark Philip Bradley explores for the first time how these revolutionary developments became believable to Americans and culminated in the power of today’s ubiquitous moral language of human rights. Set against a sweeping transnational canvas, the book presents a new history of how Americans thought and acted in the twentieth-century world.

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Oct. 24, 2016
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century

Concerns about rights in the United States have a long history, but the articulation of global human rights in the twentieth century was something altogether different. In The World Reimagined, Mark Philip Bradley explores for the first time how these revolutionary developments became believable to Americans and culminated in the power of today’s ubiquitous moral language of human rights.  Set against a sweeping transnational canvas, the book presents a new history of how Americans thought and acted in the twentieth-century world.

Mark Philip Bradley is the Bernadotte E. Schmidt Professor of History at the University of Chicago.  Along with The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century (2016), his books include Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn (2015), Vietnam at War (2009) and the prize-winning Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam (2000).  Bradley is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

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History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program uses history to improve understanding of important global dynamics, trends in international relations, and American foreign policy.  Read more

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