Human Rights Ideas, the Demise of Communism, and the End of the Cold War

  title={Human Rights Ideas, the Demise of Communism, and the End of the Cold War},
  author={Daniel C. Thomas},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  • Daniel C. Thomas
  • Published 26 April 2005
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
This article analyzes the role of human-rights ideas in the collapse of Communism. The demise of Communist rule in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union was significantly influenced by the transnational diffusion of humanrights ideas. The analysis focuses on how human-rights norms were transmitted to Soviet dissidents and policymakers. The article also considers precisely how, and how much, these norms affected policy. The two primary causal mechanisms were the transmission of these ideas by a… 

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