Over the last thirty years, many political transitions from authoritarian regimes and dictatorial political systems have been accompanied by Truth Commissions. Since 1974 there have been over twenty of these Commissions established in countries as diverse as Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, the Philippines and Germany, among others. Perhaps the most important Truth Commission of our time is the South African one which also seeks to act as a mechanism for reconciliation in a divided society. The South African conflict was extremely long and violent; its victims suffered traumatic experiences and, in part, one of the Commission's functions is to allow their story to be told. This book tries to examine the Truth Commission here and the issues that surround it, assessing different versions of the South African past and the complex negotiations leading to the establishment of the Commission and the complex politics of amnesty, justice and nation-building.
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About the Author
KENNETH CHRISTIE is Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Oxford, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, Copenhagen. His published works include Political Protest in Northern Ireland, Problems in European Politics and he is editor of Ethnic Conflict, Tribal Politics: A Global Perspective.
Table of ContentsList of Abbreviations and Acronyms Introduction A Brief History of Apartheid: Contentious Histories Comparing Truth Commissions Negotiating the Truth in Times of Transition The Role of the TRC in Nation Building The Question of Amnesty and Justice Towards Reconciliation or Deepening the Wounds? The Truth Commission: Memory and Change Appendix Index