Berger, Thomas U.

War, Guilt, and World Politics after World War II. - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012. - 1 online resource (270 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Cover; War, Guilt, and World Politics after World War II; Title; Copyright; Contents; Tables; Introduction; Acknowledgments; 1: Politics and Memory in an Age of Apology; The Sources of Official Memory and the Impact of Controversy over Memory; Historical Determinism: History Creates Historical Memory; Instrumentalism: Politics Creates Historical Memory; Culturalist Explanations: Culture Creates Collective Memory; Summary; Plan of the Book; 2: Germany: The Model Penitent; German Catastrophes; Imperfect Reckoning: The Allied Pursuit of German War Guilt, 1945-1952; Imperfect Penance The Return of Memory and the Wars over History- 1965-1982The Birth of a Culture of Contrition: 1982-1989; Travails of the Model Penitent- Preaching the Gospel of Guilt; Conclusions Based on the German Case; 3: Austria: The Prodigal Penitent; Austria and the Third Reich; "The First Victim of Nazism"- The Allied Powers and the Emergence of Impenitent Austria, 1943-1948; Impenitent Austria- 1948-1962; The Costs of Impenitence- 1962-1991; The Prodigal Penitent Returns; Conclusions Based on the Austrian Case; 4: Japan: The Model Impenitent?; The Legacy of Empire- Historical Determinist Factors Shame Versus Guilt: Cultural ExplanationsRice Bowl Penitents: America and Japanese Guilt 1945-1952; The Trials; The Purges; Reeducation; Reparations; Summary; A Guilty Innocence- 1952-1982; Getting to Be Sorry: Japan's Discovery of Guilt 1982-1993; Conclusions; 5: The Geopolitics of Remembering and Forgetting in Asia, 1991-2010: Toward an Expanded Analytical Model; Japan and the Era of "Ah So Sorry Diplomacy": The Domestic and International Political Context; Changes in Japan's Official Historical Narrative; The History Issue and Japan's Foreign Relations in the 1990s South Korea: History, Democracy, and the Endurance of EnmityChina: Between Pragmatic Forgiveness and Useful Resentment; The Storm over History 2001-2007; Aftermath; 6: Conclusions: Varieties of Penance; Historical Realism: The Eclectic Determinants of the Official Historical Narrative; The Domestic and International Impact of History and Contentions over Historical Issues From a Historical Realist Perspective; The Tragedy of Transitional Justice; The Rise of Discord over History - Sooner or Later We Will All Be Sorry!; Policy Implications; Index

Describes how the states in post-1945 Austria, Germany and Japan have tried to deal with the legacy of WWII.

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Cultural property -- Repatriation -- Europe.
Guilt -- Political aspects.
Reparations for historical injustices -- Europe.
Restitution -- Europe.
War victims.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Confiscations and contributions -- Europe.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Historiography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Psychological aspects.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Reparations.


Electronic books.

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