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Reconciling with the Past

Resources and Obstacles in a Global Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Annika Frieberg, C.K. Martin Chung


192 pages

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Are countries truly reconciled after successful conflict resolution? Are only resource-rich regions capable of reconciliation, while supposedly resource-poor ones are condemned to recurring conflicts?

This book examines the availability of various resources for political reconciliation, and explores how they are utilized in overcoming particular obstacles during the process. While the existing literature focus on themes such as justice, apology and resentment, the analysis here is centered on intellectual resources in terms of ideas, memory cultures, master narratives, economic incentives, civil society initiatives and object lessons.

The research and comparative research in this volume are conducted by renowned regional experts from South Africa to the Asia-Pacific, thus providing multidisciplinary perspectives and new insight on the subject.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors


Introduction: Resources for Reconciling with the Past (ANNIKA FRIEBERG AND C. K. MARTIN CHUNG)


1. South Africa’s Reconciliation Process: Tools, Resources and Obstacles in the Journey to Deal With Its Atrocious Past (JEREMY SARKIN)

Amity Symbolism as a Resource for Conflict Resolution. The Case of Franco-German Relations (MATHIAS DELORI)

2. Forget and Forgive? Central European Memory Cultures, Models of Reconciliation and Polish-German Relations (ANNIKA FRIEBERG)

3. Apology and Confession: Comparing Sino-Japanese and German-Jewish Intellectual Resources for Reconciliation (C. K. MARTIN CHUNG)

4. Ruist Traditions of Revenge and Alternative Resources for Ruist-inspired Reconciliation (LAUREN PFISTER)

5. Tanabe Hajime on Repentance and Reconciliation: An Analysis of Philosophy as Metanoetics (DERMOTT WALSH)


6. Reconciliation Theory and the East Asian Context (ALAN HUNTER)

7. Challenges of Teaching International Reconciliation in Japan and Korea: A Comparative Perspective (SEUNGHOON EMILIA HEO)

8. Altered States of Consciousness: Identity Politics and Prospects for Taiwan-Hong Kong-Mainland Reconciliation (EDWARD VICKERS)

9. Wrestling with the Past: Reconciliation, Apology and Settling History in Australia and New Zealand (GISELLE BYRNES)

10. Comparing Polish-German and Polish-Russian Reconciliation Efforts (STANISLAW BIELEŃ AND KRZYSZTOF ŚLIWIŃSKI)

11. France and Algeria: Conflict, Cooperation and Conciliation (PHILLIP NAYLOR)


About the Editors

Annika Frieberg is Assistant Professor at San Diego State University. She studied Modern and Central European History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has taught courses in 19th and 20th century European and East European history. Her research and teaching interests center on war and genocide, conflict resolution, media, national, and transnational questions in Central Europe. She has published several articles, including "Reconciliation Remembered. Early Activists and the Polish-German Relations" in Re-Mapping Polish-German Memory, which was published by Indiana University Press in 2011. Dr. Frieberg is currently working on her book manuscript, Costly Reconciliation: Transnational Networks and Media in post-war Polish-German Relations.

C. K. Martin Chung is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. Previously he was Research Assistant Professor of the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong, and Lecturer at the University of St. Joseph (Macau). He holds a PhD from the University of Hong Kong (2014) and conducts research on political reconciliation and “coming to terms with the past” in Europe (Cornell

University Press; Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht) and East Asia (Franz Steiner Verlag;Nomos).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies