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A False Tree of Liberty: Human Rights in Radical Thought

Susan Marks


This book is concerned with the history of the idea of human rights. It puts aside familiar questions such as ‘Where do human rights come from?’ and ‘When did human rights begin?’, for the sake of looking into connections between debates about the rights of man and developments within the history of capitalism. The focus is on England, where, at the end of the eighteenth century, a heated controversy over the rights of man coincided with the final enclosure of common lands and the momentous changes associated with early industrialisation. Tracking back still further to sixteenth- and seventeen ... More

Keywords: human rights, human rights history, radical thought, anti-capitalism, Thomas Spence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199675456
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199675456.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Marks, author
Professor of International Law, London School of Economics and Political Science