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The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices

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How do nations and aggrieved parties, in the wake of heinous crimes and horrible injustices, make amends in a positive way to acknowledge wrong-doings and redefine future interactions? How does the growing practice of making restitution restore a sense of morality and enhance prospects for world peace? Where has restitution worked and where has it not?

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Paperback, 456 pages
Published October 9th 2001 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published May 17th 2000)
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More polemic than philosophy but worth reading all the same. Barkan writes interestingly about the enlightenment as the root of the prevalent concept of personal liability and agency. One quibble I have though is her tendency to refer to "perpetrators" when she means the compatriots of descendants of perpetrators. So she takes as give that I am liable for the harm done by my compatriots two hundred years ago (whether I am related to them or not) and I don't agree with this. She needs to argue th ...more
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“[T]he new international emphasis on morality has been characterized not only by accusing other countries of human rights abuses but also by self-examination. The leaders of the policies of a new internationalism — Clinton, Blair, Chirac, and Schröder — all have previously apologized and repented for gross historical crimes in their own countries and for policies that ignored human rights. These actions did not wipe the slate clean, nor [...] were they a total novelty or unprecedented. Yet the dramatic shift produced a new scale: Moral issues came to dominate public attention and political issues and displayed the willingness of nations to embrace their own guilt. This national self-reflexivity is the new guilt of nations [xvii].” 0 likes
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