"Free and equal": human rights in the global imagination

6 Jun 2014

Historian Prof Mark Philip Bradley examines the origins of the concept of human rights. He also discusses the development of a language around this construct. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

“The Reagan people weren't particularly interested in human rights at all but they begin to realise that human rights polls, well, that it can become a justification for policy and so quite quickly the Reagan people have a human rights policy.” — Prof Mark Philip Bradley - 

Prof Mark Philip Bradley

Mark Philip Bradley is the author of Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam (University of North Carolina Press, 2000), which won the Harry J. Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies, Vietnam at War (Oxford University Press, 2009) and is the co-editor of Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Truth Claims: Representation and Human Rights (Rutgers University Press, 2001) and The Familiar Made Strange Iconic American Texts after the Transnational Turn (forthcoming 2015). His work has appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of World History, Diplomatic History and Dissent.  A recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Fulbright-Hays, Professor Bradley is currently completing a book that explores the place of the United States in the twentieth century global human rights imagination for Cambridge University Press. He is the past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and serves as a co-editor of the Cornell University Press book series The United States in the World.  Bradley is the Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago.

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