Whether it's the Vatican addressing its role in the Second World
War or the United States atoning for its treatment of native
Hawai'ian islanders, apologizing for history has become a standard
feature of the international political scene. As Alexis Dudden
makes clear, interrogating this process is crucial to understanding
the value of the political apology to the state. When governments
apologize for past crimes, they take away the substance of apology
that victims originally wanted for themselves. They rob victims of
the dignity they seek while affording the state a new means with
which to legitimize itself.
Examining the interplay between political apology and apologetic
history, Dudden focuses on the problematic relationship binding
Japanese imperialism, South Korean state building, and American
power in Asia. She examines this history through diplomatic,
cultural, and social considerations in the postwar era and argues
that the process of apology has created a knot from which none of
these countries can escape without undoing decades of
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