1st Edition

Historical Dialogue and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities

Edited By Elazar Barkan, Constantin Goschler, James Waller Copyright 2020
    324 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    324 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book brings together a diverse range of international voices from academia, policymaking and civil society to address the failure to connect historical dialogue with atrocity prevention discourse and provide insight into how conflict histories and historical memory act as dynamic forces, actively facilitating or deterring current and future conflict.

    Established on a variety of international case studies combining theoretical and practical points of view, the book envisions an integrated understanding of how historical dialogue can inform policy, education, and the practice of atrocity prevention. In doing so, it provides a vital basis for the development of preventive policies sensitive to the importance of conflict histories and for further academic study on the topic.

    It will be of interest to all scholars and students of history, psychology, peace studies, international relations and political science.


    Chapter 1 – Historical Dialogue and Mass Atrocities

    Elazar Barkan

    Chapter 2 – Preventing Mass Atrocities: The Role of Conflict History in Risk, Response, and Resilience

    James E. Waller

    Part I - Historical Commissions

    Chapter 3 – Historical commissions in Germany since the 1990s: Potential for social and political conflict solving

    Christoph Cornelißen

    Chapter 4 – Attempted Transitional Justice and Historical Dialogue: The Case of Israel's Or Commission

    Sigall Horovitz

    Chapter 5 – Historical Dialogue in Post-Conflict Kosovo

    Anna De Lellio

    Chapter 6 – The Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" and the Ambivalence of Reconciliation and Conflict Prevention

    Constantin Goschler

    Part II - Education

    Chapter 7 – Common history textbooks as a tool of preventing mass atrocities

    Karina Korostelina

    Chapter 8 – Dialogue in the Trenches: Confronting Political Narratives in Ugandan Secondary Schools

    Ashley L. Greene

    Part III - Museums

    Chapter 9 – Is the Memory of War in Contemporary Europe Enhancing Historical Dialogue

    Stefan Berger

    Chapter 10 – Museums and Memorials as Sites of Dialogue: Historical Narratives, Mass Violence, and Atrocity Prevention

    Alexander Karn

    Chapter 11 – Exhibiting War to Understand Peace - how do military museums adjust to the need to foster international understanding and peaceful conflict resolution?

    Falk Pingel

    Part IV - Art and Visual Interventions

    Chapter 12 – Witnessing the Past and the Present: Photography and Guatemala’s Fight for Historical Dialogue

    Kaitlin Murphy

    Chapter 13 – "Daisy in the Dirt": Visualizing Women's Historical Injustices of War and Violence

    Olivera Simic

    Chapter 14 – Memory Encroachments and Re-Plotting the Past: Cartographies of Violence and Memory in Post-Atrocity Argentina, Germany, and the United States

    Kerry Whigham


    Elazar Barkan is Professor of International and Public Affairs, the Director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration and of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, USA.

    Constantin Goschler is Professor of Modern History at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.

    James E. Waller is Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Chair of that same department, at Keene State College, New Hampshire, USA.