Human Rights

Barbara Keys and Roland Burke

in The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199236961
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191750328 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Human Rights

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This chapter analyzes the status and conception of human rights during the Cold War. It suggests that attempts to define, codify, and protect human rights during the Cold War consisted of a series of discontinuities, intersections, and appropriations in which the area of contestation was the scope and content of the term itself. The chapter also discusses how the Cold War influenced different human rights projects, and explains how the eagerness of both the East and West to use human rights issues to wage the conflict raised the profile of human rights.

Keywords: human rights; Cold War; East; West; conflict

Article.  8636 words. 

Subjects: Cold War ; Social and Cultural History

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