Judging the Past in Unified Germany


Product Details

Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
6.01 X 8.99 X 0.62 inches | 0.78 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

A. James McAdams is the William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs and director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Transitional Justice and the Rule of Law in New Democracies (University of Notre Dame Press, 1997).


"McAdams has found the necessary scholarly distance to assess Germany's judgment of its past. ....McAdams' book untangles the legal, philosophical, and political pitfalls plaguing a pursuit of retrospective justice. ....McAdams addresses such complex issues with the precision of a legal scholar, the sensitivity of a moral philosopher, and the realism of a political scientist. As a brilliant overview and synthesis of the past decade's debates about the communist past in Germany, his book will be of interest to any scholar interested in issues of postauthoritarian justice, of reconstructing democratic societies after communist dictatorship, and of contemporary German history." The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"[A] clear and well-argued study." Publishers Weekly
"Well-written with tight analysis, this book should benefit graduate students and scholars of contemporary German affairs." Choice
"McAdams' book is engaging, beautifully written and smart. . . . It's a valuable contribution--balanced, reasonable, judicious, and well researched. And a just plain good read." Kim Lane Scheppele, University of Pennsylvania
"McAdams has written a powerful and provocative book that will surely serve as a model for future studies about Germany and many other countries that have sought--or will seek--conciliatory and fair processes (and products) of retrospective justice." Political Science Quarterly
"McAdams has produced what is surely the most thoroughly researched and sensitive treatment of retrospective justice in the post-communist world. Its breadth of coverage and depth of analysis will cetainly make this book the gold standard for similar kinds of studies." Jeffery Kopstein, University of Colorado
"Whether in South Africa, Bonsia or Rwanda, the idea of using legal means to rectify a country's wrong has gained currency in the past decade. This timely, balanced case study examines that process in Germany...advocates looking for ammunition for war-crimes trails, whether nationally or internationally managed, will find it in this clear and well-argued study." Publishers weekly
"McAdams eschews making general normative claims about the value and utility of these different measures, and instead provides us with an excellent overview and critique of their strengths and shortcomings." - Ernesto Verdeja, The Law and Politics Book Revew