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Brutality in an Age of Human Rights: Activism and Counterinsurgency at the End of the British Empire

Brian Drohan


This study seeks to bring international histories of human rights into closer dialogue with military histories of insurgent movements and counterinsurgency warfare. Both military historians and historians of human rights have largely ignored the role of rights activists in shaping wartime policies and practices. This book examines the effects of human rights activism during British counterinsurgency campaigns in Cyprus (1955-1959), Aden (1963-1967), and Northern Ireland (emphasizing 1969-1976). The book argues that in response to human rights activism, British officials developed new ways of c ... More

Keywords: counterinsurgency, human rights, Britain, empire, activism, decolonization, irregular warfare, Cyprus, Aden, Northern Ireland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501714658
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501714658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Drohan, author
U.S. Army