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Author: Elazar Barkan

Title: The Guilt of Nations

Subtitle: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices

Place: Baltimore

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Year: 2001

Pages: xli + 414pp.

ISBN-10: 0801868076 – 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)

Editions: Barkan, Elazar. The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices. London 2000.


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Wikipedia: Wartime sexual violence: Comfort women, Japanese war crimes, Pacific_War