Date: 08 Sep 2017 (Friday)

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New Book by Staff (8 September)

學者新作 (9月8日)

Repentance for the Holocaust: Lessons from Jewish Thought for Confronting the German Past
ISBN: 978-1-5017-0761-2
 
Author: Dr Martin Chung, Assistant Professor of Department of Government and International Studies
作者:政治及國際關係學系助理教授鍾子祺博士
 
In Repentance for the Holocaust, the writer develops the biblical idea of “turning” (tshuvah) into a conceptual framework to analyse a particular area of contemporary German history, commonly referred to as Vergangenheitsbewältigung or “coming to terms with the past.” 
 
He also examines a selection of German responses to the Nazi past, their interaction with the victims’ responses, such as those from Jewish individuals, and their correspondence with biblical repentance. In demonstrating the victims’ influence on German responses, he asserts that the phenomenon of Vergangenheitsbewältigung can best be understood in a relational, rather than a national, paradigm.
 
 
 
Reconciling with the Past: Resources and Obstacles in a Global Perspective
ISBN: 978-1-1386-5172-2
 
Co-editor: Dr Martin Chung, Assistant Professor of Department of Government and International Studies 
聯合編輯:政治及國際關係學系助理教授鍾子祺博士
 
This edited volume examines the availability of various resources for political reconciliation, and explores how they are utilised in overcoming particular obstacles during the process. 
 
The existing literature focuses on themes such as justice, apology and resentment, the analysis here is centered on intellectual resources in terms of ideas, memory cultures, master narratives and object lessons, while also paying attention to economic incentives and various civil society initiatives.