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The Politics of Official Apologies Paperback – January 28, 2008
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Robert C. Lieberman, Columbia University
"A book with interdisciplinary appeal, Melissa Nobles' The Politics of Official Apologies injects a sustained comparative dimension into the international discussion about the public use of history. The tension between nation-building elites and indigenous minorities who stubbornly refuse to assimilate is shown to renew the political culture of nation-states by questioning the terms of civic inclusion. At once intellectually rigorous and morally sensitive, Nobles' book demonstrates the potency of symbolic politics surrounding official apologies in Anglophone settler societies."
A. Dirk Moses, University of Sydney
"In our age of apology, Melissa Nobles expertly explains why apologies are given, why they are withheld, and the political importance they have. Nobles skillfully presents a theory of political membership that makes sense of why apologies arise and the political work they do. For those looking to understand the rise of public apologies, Nobles' book is the best place to start."
Jeff Spinner-Halev, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
"...a professionally executed and though-provoking explanation and interpretation of the role of such statements. Historians should be equally impressed and stimulated by this MIT political scientist's contribution to historiographical discussion." --J.R. Miller, University of Saskatchewan: Canadian Journal of History
"There is much to be learned from Melissa Noble's account of contemporary political apologies..." --Stephen Esquith, Michigan STate Univ: Political Theory Book Reviews