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Author: Elazar Barkan

Title: The Guilt of Nations

Subtitle: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices

Place: London and New York

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company

Year: 2000

Pages: xli + 414pp.

ISBN-10: 0393048861 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Japanese History | Types: "Comfort Women", Wartime Rape / Asia-Pacific War


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Author: Elazar Barkan, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University


  Preface (p. ix)
  Introduction: Amending Historical Injustices in International Morality (p. xv)
  Part I: Residues of World War II
  Chapter 1: The Faustian Predicament: German Reparation to Jews (p. 3)
  Chapter 2: American Memory: Japanese Americans Remember the Camps (p. 30)
  Chapter 3: Sex Slaves: Comfort Women and Japanese Guilt (p. 46)
  Chapter 4: Plunder as Justice: Russian Victims and Glorious Museums (p. 65)
  Chapter 5: Nazi Gold and Swiss Solidarity: A New Mechanism for Rewriting Historical Crimes? (p. 88)
  Chapter 6: Restitution in East Central Europe: Deserving and Undeserving Victims (p. 112)
  Part II: Colonialism and Its Aftermath
  Chapter 7: "First Nations" Renaissance: Indigenous Groups and the Pluralistic Model (p. 159)
  Chapter 8: Native American Restitution: Land, Human Remains, and Sacred Objects (p. 169)
  Chapter 9: Hawaii: The Other Native Americans (p. 216)
  Chapter 10: Oceanic Models for Indigenous Groups: Australian Aborigines (p. 232)
  Chapter 11: Once Were Warriors: The Limits of Successful Restitution (p. 262)
  Chapter 12: Restitution for Slavery: Opportunity or Fantasy? (p. 283)
  Conclusion: Toward a Theory of Restitution (p. 308)
  Notes (p. 351)
  Acknowledgments (p. 389)
  Index (p. 391)

Description: »How do nations and aggrieved parties, in the wake of heinous crimes and horrible injustices, make amends in a way that acknowledges wrongdoing and redefines future interactions? How does the growing practice of negotiating restitution restore a sense of morality and enhance prospects for world peace? Where has restitution worked and where has it not? The Guilt of Nations explores this increasingly important dynamic in world politics today. Beyond its moral implications, restitution reflects a critical shift in political and economic bargaining. While preserving individual rights, restitution also enables victimized groups to receive growing recognition as groups. Elazar Barkan traces instances of historical crimes, such as the incarceration of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II, the sexual abuse of "comfort women" by Japanese soldiers, and the recent controversy over the financial dealings between Swiss banks and Nazi Germany. He argues that, as countries including the United States, Australia, and New Zealand come to recognize past injustices toward indigenous peoples within their borders, both governments and minority groups are compelled to redress the history of colonialism and redefine national identity. While restitution is not a panacea, this ever-spreading trend represents a new moral order in world politics.« (Source: W.W. Norton)

Editions: Barkan, Elazar. The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices. Baltimore 2001.


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