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Justice and Reconciliation: After the Violence

Andrew Rigby
Justice and Reconciliation: After the Violence
ISBN: 978-1-55587-960-0
ISBN: 978-1-55587-986-0
2001/207 pages/LC: 00-045985

"This well-written and accessible book offers an excellent short introduction to one of the great issues of our day."—Oliver Ramsbotham, International Affairs

"I would highly recommend the book to anybody interested in the topic."—Roberta Bacic, Peace News

"Rigby provides a compelling, thought-provoking analysis of government-sponsored domestic terrorism against its own people in South America, Europe, and South Africa.... Highly recommended."—Midwest Book Review

"A well-constructed and elegantly written book. Rigby brings together the experiences of peoples in South America, in Europe, and in South Africa who have searched for justice and reconciliation following years of violence and criminal acts in the name of the state."—Stuart Rees


How do societies that have been wracked by violent conflict reconcile themselves to their recent history—and lay the foundations for a peaceful, stable future? How do they deal with the impulse for revenge? What should be done with those responsible for acts of state violence under a previous regime? How can individuals and communities best be helped to cope with the aftermath of national trauma? These are the sometimes wrenching issues confronted in Justice and Reconciliation.

Rigby investigates differing approaches to "policing" the past, ranging from mass purges at one end of the spectrum to collective social amnesia at the other. Using case studies to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of each, he makes clear the connection between how the past is acknowledged and the prospects for a present and future culture of peace.


Andrew Rigby is director of the Centre for the Study of Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Coventry University. His numerous publications include The Legacy of the Past: The Problem of Collaborators and the Palestinian Case.


  • Reconciliation and Forgiving the Past.
  • European Purges After the World War II.
  • Spain: Amnesty and Amnesia.
  • Truth and Justice as Far as Possible: The Latin American Experience.
  • The Post-1989 European "Cleansing" Process.
  • South Africa: Amnesty in Return for Truth.
  • Palestine: Collaboration and Its Consequences—A Worst Case Scenario?
  • Third Party Intervention.
  • Toward a Culture of Reconciliation.