Socialism, Social Rights, and Human Rights: The Case of East Germany

  title={Socialism, Social Rights, and Human Rights: The Case of East Germany},
  author={Paul Betts},
  journal={Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development},
  pages={407 - 426}
  • P. Betts
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development
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