The Missing Italian Nuremberg: Cultural Amnesia and Postwar Politics - Italian and Italian American Studies (Hardback)Michele Battini (author)
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Publisher: Palgrave USA
Number of pages: 178
Weight: 375 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
Edition: 2007 ed.
"Battini's excellent book tells a fascinating story of the immensely important trial against the entire Nazi military command in Italy for war crimes committed against civilians between 1943 and 1945. In short, of the Italian Nuremberg. Or rather, what would have been the Italian Nuremberg, because this trial never happened. Battini presents massive evidence on how the Allies, especially the British, between 1945 and 1947, worked on the project of setting up such a trial. Battini interestingly probes the crucial and embarrassing question of why and how the project was eventually abandoned, in the face of the changing political context in Europe. Two larger and mutually related questions loom over the work: one is the painful and contested process of constructing a shared memory, the second is the subject of seeking international justice for war crimes against humanity." - Marta Petrusewicz, Professor of History, Hunter College, City University of New York
"The book deals with a recent and significant historical subject: the problem of seeking international justice for war crimes against humanity. These considerations are highly relevant today, in matters ranging from the atrocities committed during the war in ex-Yugoslavia, to trying despots from the state of Iraq. Battini is a historian of ideas, and concentrates on what he rightly calls the Italian deconstruction of memory in comparative perspective. Why have the Germans reached a reckoning day with their history, while the Italians have chosen the path of what Battini calls a voluntary collective amnesia ? What is the importance in general of the reconstruction of memory, or its absence?" - Paul Ginsborg, Professor of History, University of Florence
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