RaphaëL Lemkin And The Concept Of Genocide
  • RaphaëL Lemkin And The Concept Of Genocide
  • RaphaëL Lemkin And The Concept Of Genocide
ISBN: 0812248643
EAN13: 9780812248647
Language: English
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 10.8" L x 7.4" W
Weight: 1.28 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Rapha l Lemkin (1900-1959) coined the word genocide in the winter of 1942 and led a movement in the United Nations to outlaw the crime, setting his sights on reimagining human rights institutions and humanitarian law after World War I. After the UN adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in 1948, Lemkin slipped into obscurity, and within a few short years many of the same governments that had agreed to outlaw genocide and draft a Universal Declaration of Human Rights tried to undermine these principles.

This intellectual biography of one of the twentieth century's most influential theorists and human rights figures sheds new light on the origins of the concept and word genocide, contextualizing Lemkin's intellectual development in interwar Poland and exploring the evolving connection between his philosophical writings, juridical works, and politics over the following decades. The book presents Lemkin's childhood experience of anti-Jewish violence in imperial Russia; his youthful arguments to expand the laws of war to protect people from their own governments; his early scholarship on Soviet criminal law and nationalities violence; his work in the 1930s to advance a rights-based approach to international law; his efforts in the 1940s to outlaw genocide; and his forays in the 1950s into a social-scientific and historical study Read More chevron_right

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