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Dr James Kirby, PhD in History

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CoFund Junior Research Fellow (Modern History) in the Department of History

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Selected Publications

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  • Kirby, James (2019). ‘“When you are weak, you have to stick to principles” Botswana and Anti-Colonialism in Human Rights History’. In The Routledge History of Human Rights. Quataert, Jean & Wildenthal, Lora Routledge.
  • Burke, Roland & Kirby, James (2018). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Politics and Provisions (1945–1948). In International Human Rights Institutions, Tribunals, and Courts. Oberleitner, Gerd Springer, Singapore.
  • Burke, Roland & Kirby, James (2016). ‘The Genesis and Evolution of the Post-War Human Rights Project: 1946-1998’. In Current Issues and Controversies in Human Rights. DiGiacomo, Gordon University of Toronto Press. 30-53.

Journal Article

  • Kirby, James (2020). Between two Chinas and two Koreas: African agency and non-alignment in 1970s Botswana. Cold War History 20(1): 21-38.
  • Kirby, James (2017). ‘“Conditional on a Bill of Rights” Race and Human Rights in the Constitution of Botswana, 1960-66’. law&history 4(1): 30-61.
  • Kirby, James (2017). ‘Our Bantustans are Better than Yours’ Botswana, The United States, and Human Rights in the 1970s. The International History Review 39(5): 860-884.
  • Kirby, James (2017). ‘What has Ghana Got That We Haven't?’ Party Politics and Anti-Colonialism in Botswana, 1960–66. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 45(6): 1049-1074.
  • Kirby, James (2015). ‘“Our Ideals Must Guide Us, not Blind Us” Examining the Abuse of Human Rights in Tanzania, 1960-75’. Melbourne Historical Journal 43(1): 112-133.
  • Kirby, James (2015). ‘Beyond Failure and Success: The Soldier Settlement on Ercildoune Road’. Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria 14: 17-33.

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