Historical Justice in International Perspective: How Societies Are Trying to Right the Wrongs of the Past (Publications of the German Historical Institute)

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ISBN-13: 978-0521876834
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"...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

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This book makes a valuable contribution to recent debates on redress for historical injustices, offering a broad array of case studies from nine different countries on five continents. Its essays highlight the diversity of claims and movements and of the ways societies have tried to right past wrongs.
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  • Series: Publications of the German Historical Institute
  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521876834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521876834
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, on 13 February 2008, gave an unqualified apology in Parliament to indigenous people, especially for the mistreatment of the stolen generations. He acknowledged the past, he said, in order to help all Australians ("First Australians, First Fleeters, and those who first took the oath of allegiance just a few weeks ago") move forward, in the spirit of reconciliation and a fair go for all. The Prime Minister preempted the need for serious action to close the gap in health, education and employment, and called for bipartisan attention to constitutional recognition of the first Australians.
It is significant in global perspective that the apology of five years ago is part of the trend and politics of recognition that also includes education, restitution and revitalizing cultural identity. This is what this volume addresses, with case studies from around the world.
The first chapter I turned to was Monash University's Bain Atwood's discussion of how adjusting histories in Australia has been a primary step in reconciliation. This is part of the context of "sorry day". Atwood discusses the use of history and memory in understanding native title and the stolen generations. He critiques the assumption that "shared history" necessarily precedes reconciliation, and argues for "sharing histories" and recognizing the values and weaknesses of traditional academic history as well as oral forms of subaltern histories and memory.
The main value of the book, whether for Australian or other contexts grappling with issues of historical justice, is its in-depth analysis of case studies internationally.
The first cases concern reparations and restitution.
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