When attempting to bring pressure on Beijing, the United States should stop using vague universal standards or comparisons with the contemporary United States. Washington's criticisms of the Chinese Communist Party should instead build on Beijing's own claims about history and politics.
Human Rights and the Lessons of History
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom teaches history at Indiana University. His books include Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1991) and Human Rights and Revolution (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), which he coedited with Lynn Hunt and Marilyn B. Young.
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Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom; Human Rights and the Lessons of History. Current History 1 September 2001; 100 (647): 263–268. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2001.100.647.263
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