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The South African Truth Commission

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ISBN13: 9780333691267
ISBN: 0333691261
Published: January 2002
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £102.00



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Over the last 30 years, many political transitions from authoritarian regimes and dictatorial political systems have been accompanied by Truth Commissions. Since 1974 there have been over 20 of these Commissions established in countries as diverse as Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, the Philippines and Germany, among others. Perhaps the most important Truth Commission of our time is the South African one which also seeks to act as a mechanism for reconciliation in a divided society. The South African conflict was extremely long and violent, its victims suffered traumatic experiences and in part one of the Commission functions is to allow their story to be told. This book tries to examine the Truth Commission in South Africa and the issues that surround it, assessing different versions of the South African past and the complex negotiations leading to the establishment of the Commission and the complex politics of amnesty, justice and nation building.

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Subjects:
South Africa, Other Jurisdictions
Contents:
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms - Introduction - A Brief History of Apartheid: Contentious Histories - Comparing Truth Commissions - Negotiating the Truth in Times of Transition - The Role of the TRC in Nation Building - The Question of Amnesty and Justice - Towards Reconciliation or Deepening the Wounds? - The Truth Commission: Memory and Change - Appendix - Index