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The often-violent conflicts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were sparked by the pursuit of freedom of thought. In time, this drive led to bitter fighting, including the English Civil War. Then came revolutions in America and France that swept away monarchies for more representative forms of government and making possible the abolition of slavery, the enfranchisement of women, and the idea of universal human rights and freedoms. Each of these struggles was a memorable human drama, and Grayling interweaves the stories of these heroes, including Martin Luther, Mary Wollstonecraft and…mehr

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The often-violent conflicts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were sparked by the pursuit of freedom of thought. In time, this drive led to bitter fighting, including the English Civil War. Then came revolutions in America and France that swept away monarchies for more representative forms of government and making possible the abolition of slavery, the enfranchisement of women, and the idea of universal human rights and freedoms. Each of these struggles was a memorable human drama, and Grayling interweaves the stories of these heroes, including Martin Luther, Mary Wollstonecraft and Rosa Parks, whose sacrifices make us value these precious rights, especially in an age when governments under pressure find it necessary to restrict rights in the name of freedom.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury UK
  • Seitenzahl: 352
  • Erscheinungstermin: 07.11.2011
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781408827918
  • Artikelnr.: 38286451
Autorenporträt
A. C. Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, UK. He has written and edited numerous works of philosophy and is the author of biographies of Descartes and William Hazlitt. He believes that philosophy should take an active, useful role in society. He has been a regular contributor to The Times, Financial Times, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Economist, Literary Review, New Statesman and Prospect, and is a frequent and popular contributor to radio and television programmes, including Newsnight, Today, In Our Time, Start the Week and CNN news. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum at Davos, and advises on many committees ranging from Drug Testing at Work to human rights groups.
Inhaltsangabe
Preface to the Bloomsbury Revelations Edition
Acknowledgements
1. Setting the Scene
Part I: The Demand for Liberty
2. The Reformation and the Beginning of Modern Liberty
3. Freeing the Mind
4. The Fight Against Absolutism
Part II: The Extension of Liberty
5. Slaves, Workers, Women and the Struggle for Liberty
6. The Liberty Century
7. Rights Out of Wrongs
8. The Idea of Liberty and the Verge of Betrayal Postscript
Appendices: Landmarks on the Road to Freedom
1. The Bill of Rights, 1689
2. The US Bill of Rights, 1791
3. Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
4. The Chartists' 'Six Points' and Petition
5. United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Notes
Bibliography
Index