Historical Injustice and Democratic Transition in Eastern Asia and Northern Europe: Ghosts at the Table of Democracy

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The memory of past atrocity lingers like a ghost at the table of democracy. Injustices carried out in the past - from massacres and murder to repression and detention - embitter societies and distort their structures so that the process of establishing and running a democracy carries an extra burden. This volume examines societies at various stages of dealing with the memory of the past, from China, Mongolia, Indonesia and the Baltic States, where bitter memories of death and persecution still intrude, to ...
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The memory of past atrocity lingers like a ghost at the table of democracy. Injustices carried out in the past - from massacres and murder to repression and detention - embitter societies and distort their structures so that the process of establishing and running a democracy carries an extra burden. This volume examines societies at various stages of dealing with the memory of the past, from China, Mongolia, Indonesia and the Baltic States, where bitter memories of death and persecution still intrude, to Finland, where the civil war of 1918 has finally been accepted as a distant national tragedy.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780700715992
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
1 Introduction: remembering, forgetting and historical injustice 1
2 Victim or victimizer: the reconstruction of the Cultural Revolution through personal stories 13
3 The aftermath of the Cultural Revolution in Inner Mongolia 24
4 Forgetting what it was to remember the Indonesian killings of 1965-6 38
5 Remembering and forgetting at 'Lubang Buaya': the 'coup' of 1965 in contemporary Indonesian historical perception and public commemoration 57
6 Causes and consequences of historical amnesia: the annexation of the Baltic states in post-Soviet Russian popular history and political memory 79
7 Coming to terms with the past: memories of displacement and resistance in the Baltic states 118
8 Transmitted experience: individual testimonies and collective memories of the Nanjing Atrocity 139
9 Thirty thousand bullets: remembering political repression in Mongolia 155
10 Coping with the Civil War of 1918 in twenty-first century Finland 169
11 Civil War victims and the ways of mourning in Finland in 1918 184
12 Remembering the Finnish Civil War: confronting a harrowing past 198
Index 210
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