No major economy has really escaped it. Western power has set no precedence in this regard. Look at Charles Dickens's England during its most dramatic economic expansion, or for that matter, the United States during late 1800s, early 1900. Unless you are a white male (and there are exceptions even in this case), human rights was merely something defined by some law, but largely unobtainable. This held true for major Western Powers in the 19-20th Century, and it certainly held true for the the Asian Tigers in recent times.