From Civil Liberties to Human Rights? British Civil Liberties Activism and Universal Human Rights

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This article discusses British civil liberties organisations hoping to engage in a broader human rights politics during and immediately after the Second World War. It argues that various movements and organisations from sections of the British Left attempted to articulate a human rights politics which incorporated political, civil, social and economic rights during the 1940s and early 1950s. However, organisations were unable to express this and mobilise accordingly. This reflected the collapse of the popular-front-style alliances forged in the 1930s and the difficulties in articulating political positions distinct from the ideological polarisation that emerged with the onset of the Cold Wa


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-192
Number of pages23
JournalContemporary European History
Issue number02
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012