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Historical Justice in International Perspective


  • Page extent: 332 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.58 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521876834)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published October 2008

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$103.00 (C)

This book makes a valuable contribution to recent debates on redress for historical injustices by offering case studies from nine countries on five continents. The contributors examine the problems of material restitution, criminal justice, apologies, recognition, memory, and reconciliation in national contexts as well as in comparative perspective. Among the topics discussed are the claims for reparations for slavery in the United States, West German restitution for the Holocaust, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the efforts to prosecute the perpetrators of the Khmer Rouge’s mass murders in Cambodia, and the struggles of the indigenous people of Australia and New Zealand. The book highlights the diversity of the ways societies have tried to right past wrongs as the demand for historical justice has become universal.


Part I. The Politics of Restitution: 1. An avalanche of history: the 'collapse of the future' and the rise of reparations politics John Torpey; 2. Reparations, gender, and ethnicity: why, when and how democratic governments get involved Angelika von Wahl; Part II. Reparations and Restitution: 3. Historical continuity and counterfactual history in the debate over reparations for slavery Manfred Berg; 4. Disputed victims: the German discourse on restitution for Nazi victims Constantin Goschler; 5. Greenlanders displaced by the Cold War: relocation and compensation Svend Aage Christensen and Kristian Soby Kristensen; Part III. Memory and Recognition: 6. Apologizing for Vichy in contemporary France Julie Fette; 7. Limited rehabilitation? Historical observations on the legal rehabilitation of foreign citizens in today's Russia Andreas Hilger; 8. Politics, diplomacy, and accountability in Cambodia: severely limiting personal jurisdiction in prosecution of perpetrators of crimes against humanity Steve Heder; Part IV. Reconciliation: 9. Settling histories, unsettling pasts: reconciliation and historical justice in a settler society Bain Attwood; 10. Fitting Aotearoa into New Zealand: politico-cultural change in a modern bicultural nation Richard Hill and Brigitte Boenisch-Brednich; 11. The politics of judging the past: South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bronwyn Leebaw; Part V. Conclusion: 12. 'The issue that won't go away' James McAdams.


"...this collection makes a valuable contribution to the growing body of scholarship on historical justice, which is precisely what it sets out to do." -Sarah Pinto, Canadian Journal of History


John Torpey, Angelika von Wahl, Manfred Berg, Constantin Goschler, Svend Aage Christensen, Kristian Soby Kristensen, Julie Fette, Andreas Hilger, Steve Heder, Bain Attwood, Richard Hill, Brigitte Boenisch-Brednich, Bronwyn Leebaw, James McAdams

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