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Reconciliation, Civil Society, and the Politics of Memory

Transnational Initiatives in the 20th and 21st Century

Funded by: Knowledge Unlatched - KU Select 2016: Backlist Collection
Edited by: Birgit Schwelling

How did civil society function as a locus for reconciliation initiatives since the beginning of the 20th century? The essays in this volume challenge the conventional understanding of reconciliation as a benign state-driven process. They explore how a range of civil society actors - from Turkish intellectuals apologizing for the Armenian Genocide to religious organizations working towards the improvement of Franco-German relations - have confronted and coped with the past. These studies offer a critical perspective on local and transnational reconciliation acts by questioning the extent to which speech became an alternative to silence, remembrance to forgetting, engagement to oblivion.

Reviews

»Der Sammelband [bietet] einen überzeugenden Einblick in Prozesse und Formen der 'transitional justice', die oft so gar nicht in das standardmäßige Repertoire auf diesem Gebiet passen wollen und unterstützt damit auch eine stärkere Berücksichtigung der lokalen und kulturellen Bezüge in Versuchen der Verarbeitung vergangener Verbrechen.«
Julia Kling, Südost-Forschungen, 73 (2014)

»Ein gelungener Sammelband, der mit der Breite seiner Beispiele das Verständnis von Versöhnungsprozessen jenseits nationaler Grenzen erweitert.«
Ilse Raaijmakers, H-Soz-u-Kult, 02.05.2013

Reviewed in:
Wissenschaft und Frieden, 1 (2013)
www.pw-portal.de, 25.06.2013, Björn Wagner

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Edition: 1. Aufl.
Audience: Professional and scholarly;

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