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Historical Injustice and Democratic Transition in Eastern Asia and Northern Europe by Kenneth Christie and Robert Cribb (eds), (London/New York: Routledge 2002, ISBN 0-7007-1599-1), 216 pages, US$ 125

Historical Injustice and Democratic Transition in Eastern Asia and Northern Europe by Kenneth... AEJ 3:581–584 (2005) DOI 10.1007/s10308-005-0020-8 BOOK REVIEW Historical Injustice and Democratic Transition in Eastern Asia and Northern Europe by Kenneth Christie and Robert Cribb (eds), (London/New York: Routledge 2002, ISBN 0-7007-1599-1), 216 pages, US$ 125 Published online: 22 October 2005 © Springer-Verlag 2005 This interesting volume attempts to seek proper ways to deal with very unpleasant events in our recent past: the injustice and cruelties of civil wars, and of violent ethnic and political purges. It tries to find a more satisfactory answer than just to let time heal the wounds and to let perpetrators and surviving victims pass away. But alternatives appear as very difficult, since victors usually guard their cultural hegemony and continue to write their version of history, which includes to gloss over their own crimes and to demonize their erstwhile adversaries. The volume in 11 case studies covers the murderous events of the cultural revolution in China, the 1965/6 mass purges in Indonesia, WWII and Soviet genocide in the Baltics, the Stalinist purges in Mongolia, the Nanjing massacre, and the Finnish civil war and its aftermath. These mostly well-written and well researched articles are interesting in their own right, even if they often are unable http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asia Europe Journal Springer Journals

Historical Injustice and Democratic Transition in Eastern Asia and Northern Europe by Kenneth Christie and Robert Cribb (eds), (London/New York: Routledge 2002, ISBN 0-7007-1599-1), 216 pages, US$ 125

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general; International Economics
ISSN
1610-2932
eISSN
1612-1031
DOI
10.1007/s10308-005-0020-8
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AEJ 3:581–584 (2005) DOI 10.1007/s10308-005-0020-8 BOOK REVIEW Historical Injustice and Democratic Transition in Eastern Asia and Northern Europe by Kenneth Christie and Robert Cribb (eds), (London/New York: Routledge 2002, ISBN 0-7007-1599-1), 216 pages, US$ 125 Published online: 22 October 2005 © Springer-Verlag 2005 This interesting volume attempts to seek proper ways to deal with very unpleasant events in our recent past: the injustice and cruelties of civil wars, and of violent ethnic and political purges. It tries to find a more satisfactory answer than just to let time heal the wounds and to let perpetrators and surviving victims pass away. But alternatives appear as very difficult, since victors usually guard their cultural hegemony and continue to write their version of history, which includes to gloss over their own crimes and to demonize their erstwhile adversaries. The volume in 11 case studies covers the murderous events of the cultural revolution in China, the 1965/6 mass purges in Indonesia, WWII and Soviet genocide in the Baltics, the Stalinist purges in Mongolia, the Nanjing massacre, and the Finnish civil war and its aftermath. These mostly well-written and well researched articles are interesting in their own right, even if they often are unable

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Published: Oct 22, 2005

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