1st Edition

The Emergence of Historical Forensic Expertise Clio Takes the Stand

By Vladimir Petrović Copyright 2017
    258 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book scrutinizes the emergence of historians participating as expert witnesses in historical forensic contribution in some of the most important national and international legal ventures of the last century. It aims to advance the debate from discussions on whether historians should testify or not toward nuanced understanding of the history of the practice and making the best out of its performance in the future.


    Part I: Inceptions: Preconditions for the Emergence of Historical Forensics

    1. The Long Path to Forensic Historiography

    2. The Great Shift: The Concept of Universal Human Rights

    Part II: Improvisations: Experimenting with Historical Forensic Contribution

    3. An Inquisitorial Paradigm Emerges: Historical Forensics and Nazi Crimes

    4. An Adversarial Paradigm Emerges: Historical Forensics and Racial Discrimination

    Part III: Intersections: The Institutionalization of Historical Forensic Expertise

    5. Clio Takes the Stand: A Turning Point

    6. Clio Takes a Stand: From the Turning Point to the Point of No Return

    Implications: From the Classroom to the Courtroom and Back


    Vladimir Petrović is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History in Belgrade, Serbia.

    "The book provides a thorough and comprehensive analysis, based on superb and in-depth knowledge of this topic. It is an absolute must-read for anybody interested in historical forensics at the interface between historiography and legal practice. " - Ger Duijzings, Suedosteuropa. Journal of Politics and Society