My name is Tim Hochstrasser. I was born in London and most of my life has been led in its orbit, even when I have not lived there. I studied British and European history at Oxford and Cambridge and since 1995 I have lectured in the International History Department at the LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science) in Central London. I have always been fascinated by the way history can inform and shape our understanding of our own modern world, and that’s why in my doctoral research I focused on the Enlightenment Era of the Eighteenth Century when so much of what we take for granted now came into being, whether concepts of freedom, democracy, and rights, or the scientific framework we use to understand the physical nature of the world and our own psychology. That is the area in which I have published and where my teaching focuses. The course which best represents my approach to history is an introduction to the history of human rights called ‘The Rights of Man? From the Antigone to Amnesty International’, in which I try to explain the troubled history of relations between the individual and the state or wider community and how it has changed across time.
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