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Contents Contributors 000 Part I. An Ethical Imperative: Group Apology and the Prac- tice of Justice 1. Introduction: Taking Wrongs Seriously 3 Elazar Barkan and Alexander Karn Part II. Amending the Past: Conceptual Approaches and Im- pediments 2. Truth Commissions, and Intrastate Conflict 000 Robert Rotberg, Apology 3. Punishment, Reconciliation, and Democratic Deliberation 000 David Crocker 4. Forgive and Not Forget: Reconciliation between Forgive- ness and Resentment 000 Daniel Levy and Natan Sznaider 5. The Transitional Apology 000 Ruti Teitel 6. What Some Monuments Tell Us about Mourning and Forgive- ness 000 Vamik Volkan 7. Apologies and Reconciliation: Middle-Eastern Rituals 000 George Irani III. Case Studies: Australia, America, and Europe 8. The Apology in Australia: Re-Covenanting the National Imaginary 000 Danielle Celermajer 9. The BIA's Apology to Native Americans: An Essay on Col- lective Memory and Collective Conscience 000 Rebecca Tsosie 10. The New Patriotism and Apology for Slavery 000 Roy Brooks 11. The Tulsa Race Riot Commission, Apologies, and Repara- tions: Understanding the Function and Limitations of a His- torical Truth Commission 000 Alfred Brophy 12. The Apology Moment: Vichy Memories in 1990s France 000 Julie Fette 13. Justice Apology, and Reconciliation and the German Foun- dation Remembrance, Responsibility, and the Future 000 J. D. Bindenagel 14. The Worst Is Yet to Come: Abu Ghraib and the Ethics of Not Apologizing 000 Elazar Barkan Notes 000 Index 000

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Elazar Barkan is Professor of History and Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices (2000), and Retreat of Scientific Racism (1992). Alexander Karn is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Claremont Graduate University.


"This is an intriguing and thought-provoking volume on the normative and empirical aspects of the phenomenon of political apologies that has become so widespread and captivating in recent years." - John Torpey, CUNY Graduate Center "...important and thought-provoking book..." - The Law and Politics Book Review

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