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Between Justice and Politics: The Ligue des Droits de l'Homme, 1898-1945

William D. Irvine


This book focuses on the first fifty years of the Ligue des droits de l'homme—the League of the Rights of Man—informed by the recently available archives of the organization. Founded during the Dreyfus affair, the Ligue took as its mandate the defense of human rights in all their forms. The central argument of this book—and the point on which it differs from all other writings on the subject—is that the Ligue often failed to live up to its mandate because of its simultaneous commitment to left-wing politics. By the late 1930s the Ligue was in disarray, and by the 1940s a number of its members ... More

Keywords: Ligue des droits de l'homme, League of the Rights of Man, Dreyfus affair, human rights, left-wing politics, Vichy regime, Philippe Pétain, mandate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780804753173
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804753173.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William D. Irvine, author