Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States Alexis Dudden

ISBN: 9780231141765

Published: June 23rd 2008

Hardcover

167 pages


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Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States  by  Alexis Dudden

Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States by Alexis Dudden
June 23rd 2008 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 167 pages | ISBN: 9780231141765 | 10.64 Mb

Whether its the Vatican addressing its role in the Second World War or the United States atoning for its treatment of native Hawaiian islanders, apologizing for history has become a standard feature of the international political scene. As AlexisMoreWhether its the Vatican addressing its role in the Second World War or the United States atoning for its treatment of native Hawaiian 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.



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