Concerns about rights in the United States have a long history, but the articulation of global human rights in the twentieth century was something altogether different. In The World Reimagined, Mark Philip Bradley explores for the first time how these revolutionary developments became believable to Americans and culminated in the power of today’s ubiquitous moral language of human rights. Set against a sweeping transnational canvas, the book presents a new history of how Americans thought and acted in the twentieth-century world.
Mark Philip Bradley is the Bernadotte E. Schmidt Professor of History at the University of Chicago. Along with The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century (2016), his books include Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn (2015), Vietnam at War (2009) and the prize-winning Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam (2000). Bradley is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Boardroom
The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support