Protect the rights of the minority. Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. These are calls we often hear. But from where do they come?
In her ground – breaking history, Defending the Rights of Others, Carol Fink traces the role of minority rights and tries to explain how it developed. It really took shape before and after World War II, when nations were sprouting up all over and new borders were being drawn.
It wasn’t only rights that were being fought over. This was the period when other huge, perhaps even more important political ideas were arising: Socialism; Capitalism; Freedom; Immigration; Emancipation. This was when strong states had to come to an understanding of how to deal with those who were not like them. Who were they? The minority.