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Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics Hardcover – Jul 31 2008

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  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press (July 31 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801446252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801446252
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,348,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Timely, original, and clear Oct. 27 2008
By Ryan Karr - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As the international spotlight moves east towards Asia, Jennifer Lind provides an insightful look at how historical remembrance of war crimes plays a key role in East Asia and other regions. By contrasting the German-France post-WWII experience with that of Japan-Korea, the author points out a puzzle that goes against conventional wisdom: apologizing for war crimes won't necessarily improve relations with the victim nation, and it may be counter-productive. Meanwhile, states that are not contrite will most likely be viewed as threatening by its previous victims, as demonstrated by Lind in her analysis of the Japan-Korea case study. Thus, states that have committed war crimes in the past are faced with a conundrum: act contrite, and risk a counter-productive domestic backlash, or deny previous crimes and risk a foreign backlash.

This book is a great read for anyone interested in international relations, East Asia, or European reconciliation. Lind attacks the conventional wisdom and clearly shows how reconciliation is a tricky game to play. "Sorry States" is sure to satisfy not only respected IR scholars with well-organized, detailed analyses and theory testing, but also students of IR (like me) with clear and engaging discussion of one of the most important issues facing Asia today.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
About what promotes international reconciliation Sept. 30 2009
By ROROTOKO - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Sorry States" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. Professor Lind's book interview ran here as cover feature on September 21, 2009.