"The Invisible Man": H. G. Wells and Human Rights During the Interwar Period

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H.G. Wells is best known as "the father of science fiction". However, the bulk of his writing is both non-fiction and concerned with social justice. While it is widely held that !he Rights of Man (1940) helped shape the drafting of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this article argues that Well's influence extended well beyond this. Through his contribution to rights-based debates concerning social liberalism, internationalism, liberal internationalism, and international law, between the late 1890s and his death in 1946, Wells made crucial interventions in emerging discourses around rights and was a significant actor in rights-based civil society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-645
Number of pages26
JournalHuman Rights Quarterly: a comparative and international journal of the social sciences, humanities and law
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

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