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A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States

The world is now divided into 193 nation-states. As nationalists struggled to establish their own sovereign states, they granted human rights to some people and excluded others. In vivid histories drawn from virtually every continent over the last 250 years, Weitz explores who truly has the "right to have rights." These histories also explain the origins of many of today’s crises, from the existence of more than 70 million migrants to the growth of right-wing nationalism. The book argues that only the continual advance of international human rights will move us beyond the quandary of a world divided between those who have rights and those who don't.

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Monday
Sep. 21, 2020
4:00pm – 5:30pm ET

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Zoom Webinar

A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States

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The world is now divided into 193 nation-states. As nationalists struggled to establish their own sovereign states, they granted human rights to some people and excluded others. In vivid histories drawn from virtually every continent over the last 250 years, Weitz explores who truly has the "right to have rights." These histories also explain the origins of many of today’s crises, from the existence of more than 70 million migrants to the growth of right-wing nationalism. The book argues that only the continual advance of international human rights will move us beyond the quandary of a world divided between those who have rights and those who don't.

Eric D. Weitz is Distinguished Professor of History at City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His books include A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States, Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy, A Century of Genocide, and Creating German Communism (all published by Princeton University Press). He lectures widely in public and academic settings on the histories of genocide and human rights and on Weimar Germany.

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University and the National History Center) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is organized jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks its anonymous individual donors and institutional partners (the George Washington University History Department and the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest) for their continued support.

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