Rectification for Atrocities under Colonialism
2016 (English)In: Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, ISSN 1369-801X, E-ISSN 1469-929XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Wars and injustices can have wide-ranging reverberations. Colonialism ended – with a few exceptions – over fifty years ago, but there are still many traces left. In this essay I focus on two cases of atrocities under colonialism that have left scars in the present and my question is: how can a nation rectify for the long-term effects of an aggression? What is the appropriate ethical response? The two examples are the German genocide of the Herero tribe in 1904–1905 and the British war against the Mau Mau movement in Kenya in the 1950s. The examples are chosen because they both illustrate enduring claims for rectification after aggressions. After the presentation of these cases and of how Germany and Great Britain have responded, I discuss the meaning of rectificatory justice and criteria for reasonable claims for rectification.
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Ethics History General Literature Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-129236DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2016.1191959OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-129236DiVA: diva2:936642