Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States

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Juni 2008



Whether it's the Vatican addressing its role in the Second World War or the United States atoning for its treatment of native Hawai'ian islanders, apologizing for history has become a standard feature of the international political scene. As Alexis Dudden makes clear, interrogating this process is crucial to understanding the value of the political apology to the state. When governments apologize for past crimes, they take away the substance of apology that victims originally wanted for themselves. They rob victims of the dignity they seek while affording the state a new means with which to legitimize itself.
Examining the interplay between political apology and apologetic history, Dudden focuses on the problematic relationship binding Japanese imperialism, South Korean state building, and American power in Asia. She examines this history through diplomatic, cultural, and social considerations in the postwar era and argues that the process of apology has created a knot from which none of these countries can escape without undoing decades of mythmaking.


List of IllustrationsPrefaceAcknowledgments1. An Island by Any Other Name2. Apologies All Around3. Illegal Japan4. History Out of BoundsConclusion: And NowNotesBibliographyIndex


Alexis Dudden


Dudden engagingly explores how the nexus of politics, war memory and apology shapes contemporary trilateral relations between Korea, Japan and the United States. -- Jefff Kingston Japan Times 10-12-08 Richly and eloquently written... Recommended. Choice Vol 46, No 9 A significant contribution on the issue of historical apologies... This book should be required reading. -- Matthew Penney Pacific Affairs Vol 83, No 1 Rich with insights. -- Sarah Kovner Journal ofWorld History Vol 21, No 2 Troubled Apologies is rich with insights... [I]t is well worth reading for specialists, for twentieth-centruy historians, and for general readers interested in a deeper understanding of the politics of history. Journal of World History Vol 21, No 2
EAN: 9780231141765
ISBN: 0231141769
Untertitel: Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2008
Seitenanzahl: 167 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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