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Author Richardson-Little, Ned, 1983- author
Title The human rights dictatorship : socialism, global solidarity and revolution in East Germany / Ned Richardson-Little
Imprint Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020
book jacket
 Modern History Library  323.0943 R523    AVAILABLE    30550100675253
 人文社會聯圖  JC599.G32 R53 2020    AVAILABLE    30600020133550
Descript xi, 274 pages ; 24 cm
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Series Human rights in history
Human rights in history
Note Revision of author's thesis (doctoral)--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013, titled Between dictatorship and dissent : ideology, legitimacy, and human rights in East Germany, 1945-1990
Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction: The exploitation of man by man has been abolished! -- Creating a human rights dictatorship, 1945-1956 -- Inventing socialist human rights, 1953-1966 -- Socialist human rights on the world stage, 1966-1978 -- The ambiguity of human rights from below, 1968-1982 -- The rise of dissent and the collapse of socialist human rights, 1980-1989 -- Revolutions won and lost, 1989-1990 -- Conclusion: Erasures and rediscoveries
"Richardson-Little exposes the forgotten history of human rights in the German Democratic Republic, placing the history of the Cold War, Eastern European dissidents and the revolutions of 1989 in a new light. By demonstrating how even a communist dictatorship could imagine itself to be a champion of human rights, this book challenges popular narratives on the fall of the Berlin Wall and illustrates how notions of human rights evolved in the Cold War as they were re-imagined in East Germany by both dissidents and state officials. Ultimately, the fight for human rights in East Germany was part of a global battle in the post-war era over competing conceptions of what human rights meant. Nonetheless, the collapse of dictatorship in East Germany did not end this conflict, as citizens had to choose for themselves what kind of human rights would follow in its wake"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Human rights -- Germany (East) -- History
Human rights -- Government policy -- Germany (East)
Dictatorship -- Germany (East) -- History
Government, Resistance to -- Germany (East) -- History
Human rights and socialism
Germany (East) -- Politics and government
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