Genocide, Collective Violence, And Popular Memory

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The twentieth century has been scarred by political violence and genocide, reaching its extreme in the Holocaust. Yet, at the same time, the century has been marked by a growing commitment to human rights. This volume highlights the importance of history-of socially processed memory-in resolving the wounds left by massive state-sponsored political violence and in preventing future episodes of violence. In Genocide, Collective Violence, and Popular Memory: The Politics of Remembrance in the Twentieth Century, the ...
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Overview

The twentieth century has been scarred by political violence and genocide, reaching its extreme in the Holocaust. Yet, at the same time, the century has been marked by a growing commitment to human rights. This volume highlights the importance of history-of socially processed memory-in resolving the wounds left by massive state-sponsored political violence and in preventing future episodes of violence. In Genocide, Collective Violence, and Popular Memory: The Politics of Remembrance in the Twentieth Century, the editors present and discuss the many different social responses to the challenge of coming to terms with past reigns of terror and collective violence. Designed for undergraduate courses in political violence and revolution, this volume treats a wide variety of incidents of collective violence-from decades-long genocide to short-lived massacres. The selection of essays provides a broad range of thought-provoking case studies from Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. This provocative collection of readings from around the world will spur debate and discussion of this timely and important topic in the classroom and beyond.
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Editorial Reviews

Brian Loveman
"How did nations and communities respond to the aftermath of genocide and collective violence in the twentieth century? How have nations sought to achieve 'reconciliation' with a legacy of state-sponsored terrorism, systematic torture and repression, massacres, mass graves, forced disappearances, and 'ethnic cleansing'? This broad-ranging collection of articles seeks to answer these questions by drawing on case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. This is a powerful introduction to the politics of history and the cultural history of social memory."
*#151;San Diego State University
Marguerite Bouvard
"At a time when the World Court is investigating and punishing crimes of genocide, this book is an invaluable resource that will instruct and fascinate for years to come. The accounts from around the world are reminders of how the search for justice and for national identity are often at odds and shaped by the demands of politics and international diplomacy. Anyone interested in human rights and how nations deal with the horrors of the past will find this work an important contribution."
Brandeis University
Brian Loveman
How did nations and communities respond to the aftermath of genocide and collective violence in the twentieth century? How have nations sought to achieve 'reconciliation' with a legacy of state-sponsored terrorism, systematic torture and repression, massacres, mass graves, forced disappearances, and 'ethnic cleansing'? This broad-ranging collection of articles seeks to answer these questions by drawing on case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. A powerful introduction to the politics of history and the cultural history of social memory, this is an ideal reader for undergraduate and graduate courses on human rights, international law, social psychology, and world history, especially the complex history of historical construction and reconstruction of a violent 'past' as part of the present.
Elazar Barkan
A rich and useful comparative collection of articles that tells the story of history as politics. It describes the struggle to remember and the violent attempts to repress national memory. The essays address controversial issues that will inform students and are bound to encourage animated discussion in the classroom.
Marguerite Bouvard
At a time when the World Court is investigating and punishing crimes of genocide, this book is an invaluable resource that will instruct and fascinate for years to come. The accounts from around the world are reminders of how the search for justice and for national identity are often at odds and shaped by the demands of politics and international diplomacy. Anyone interested in human rights and how nations deal with the horrors of the past will find this work an important contribution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842029810
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: World Beat Series
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Lorey is program officer for the U.S.-Latin American Relations Program at the Hewlett Foundation. William H. Beezley is one of the pioneers of the cultural history of Mexico and has authored and co-authored several books.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Latin America
1 Irruptions of Memory: Expressive Politics in Chile's Transition to Democracy 1
2 Layers of Memories: Twenty Years After in Argentina 31
3 The Unmaking of Rigoberta Menchu 53
Africa
4 Ethnicity and the Politics of History in Rwanda 67
5 The Burdens of Truth: An Evaluation of the Psychological Support Services and Initiatives Undertaken by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission 85
Asia
6 The Cambodian Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes: National Narrative 103
7 Buajingan! Indonesian Art, Literature, and State Violence around the Downfall of President Soeharto 123
8 Mnemosyne Abroad: Reflections on the Chinese and Jewish Commitment to Remembrance 139
9 Acting Out Democracy: Political Theater in Modern China 167
Germany and Japan: Legacies of World War
10 War Stories: The Search for a Usable Past in the Federal Republic of Germany 191
11 Photography, National Identity, and the "Cataract of Times": Wartime Images and the Case of Japan 229
Suggested Reading 257
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