This edited volume examines a range of historical and contemporary episodes of reconciliation and anti-reconciliation in the aftermath of war.

Reconciliation is a concept that resists easy definition. At the same time, it is almost invariably invoked as a goal of post-conflict reconstruction, peacebuilding and transitional justice. This book examines the considerable ambiguity and controversy surrounding the term and, crucially, asks what has reconciliation entailed historically? What can we learn from past episodes of reconciliation and anti-reconciliation? Taken together, the chapters in this volume adopt an interdisciplinary approach, focused on the question of how reconciliation has been enacted, performed and understood in particular historical episodes, and how that might contribute to our understanding of the concept and its practice. Rather than seek a universal definition, the book focuses on what makes each case of reconciliation unique, and highlights the specificity of reconciliation in individual contexts.

This book will be of much interest to students of transitional justice, conflict resolution, human rights, history and International Relations.

chapter 1|12 pages


A genealogy of reconciliation?
ByRachel Kerr, Henry Redwood

part I|56 pages

The distant past

chapter 142|18 pages

Remembering what one has forgotten

Athenian reconciliation after war crimes
ByRobin Osborne

chapter 3|17 pages

Jesuit peace-making in the Kingdom of Naples

Aspects of reconciliation in early modern Europe
ByStephen Cummins

chapter 4|19 pages

Reconciliation and oblivion in the English republics1

ByImogen Peck

part II|94 pages

The longue durée

chapter 705|16 pages

1917 in 2017

A ‘useless' past? Remembering and forgetting the Bolshevik Revolution
ByNatasha Kuhrt

chapter 6|16 pages

One hundred years of reconciliation

Fractured memories of the Finnish Civil War
ByTeemu Laulainen

chapter 7|22 pages

The paradox of reconciliation

Early postwar Chinese-Japanese experience in regional and comparative perspectives
ByDaqing Yang

chapter 8|18 pages

There once was a country

Political reconciliation in the historical idea of Yugoslavia
ByJelena Subotić

chapter 9|20 pages

The unreconciled US Civil War

ByJames Gow, Rana Ibrahem

part III|88 pages

Alternative perspectives

chapter 16410|15 pages

Religion and reconciliation

Power, practice and rejections of the truth and reconciliation project in South African and Bosnian contexts
ByGeorge R. Wilkes

chapter 11|15 pages

Burying the hatchet

Exploring traditional practice of reconciliation among pastoralist communities in East Africa
ByAnne Kubai

chapter 12|31 pages

‘If you are not careful, reconciliation will be spreading all over the country’

Reconciliation in Britain's humanitarian aid to post-war Germany, 1919–1925
ByBen Holmes

chapter 13|25 pages

The art of healing and reconciliation in Canada

ByJonathan Dewar

part IV|88 pages

Challenging conventional wisdom

chapter 15|23 pages

Reconciliation without justice? Victims' rights and the challenges of imposed closure in Spain

ByRosa Ana Alija-Fernández, Olga Martin-Ortega

chapter 16|23 pages

Unhealed wounds

The limits of German reconciliation politics in the case of Distomo, Greece
ByOlga L. Burkhardt-Vetter

chapter 17|15 pages

Reconciliation as an ongoing political project

The case of Japan
ByMadoka Futamura

chapter 18|6 pages


ByHenry Redwood