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Seating Arrangements at the Table of World Morality

Simon Chesterman: The guilt of nations, 19 October 2000

The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices 
by Elazar Barkan.
Norton, 414 pp., £21, September 2000, 0 393 04886 1
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... the Inquisition, the Holocaust or the Crusades by name). Seizing on one such act of contrition, Elazar Barkan begins his survey of how countries attempt to deal with historical injustices on a portentous note: ‘Virginia Woolf might have said that on or about 5 March 1997, world morality – not to say, human nature – changed.’ Woolf’s ...

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