Consider how the Armenian Genocide was made possible by the staggering brutality of World War I.
How do two nations who share a past of violence, war, and atrocities forge a new relationship? Some suggest a shared scholarship can advance the healing process. Others question whether the governments and peoples of affected nations are ever able to share a single narrative.
China in the 1920s was a new republic confronting great challenges—economic, political, and social. One of the most devastating was the early 1920s North China famine. Because this region of China was densely populated, the effects of this crisis affected millions. Triggered by a severe drought, the famine killed crops and devastated the livelihood of farmers in the northern plains of China. But dying crops was only one consequence. Thousands fled the area; others sold children into slavery, and upward of half a million people died. The areas decimated were largely governed by warlords, which further aggravated the situation since they used the crisis for their own political and economic gain.
Examine the historical context leading up to the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and understand how Eleanor Roosevelt became involved in the process.