Author Archives: John McCallum

About John McCallum

John McCallum is Earl S. Johnson Instructor in History at the University of Chicago. His dissertation and current book project, "Democratic Violence and the Transformation of American Moral Sentiments in the `Good War,''' examines how the experience of total war in the 1940s changed common-sense understandings about the ethics of international violence in American public life. He has published on censorship, moral judgment, and twentieth-century warfare in Diplomatic History.

War and the Historical Sociology of Human Rights: Violent Entanglements

  The Contentious History of the International Bill of Human Rights Christopher N. J. Roberts Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014 René Cassin and Human Rights: From the Great War to the Universal Declaration Jay Winter and Antoine Prost Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013 Rights and violence are so intertwined that their relationship can appear both self-evident and utterly obscure. Consider the work that rights do in the first historical sociology of the United States: they push democratic citizens to Continue reading → Continue reading →