Seeking Meaning, Seeking Justice in a Post-Cold War World


The challenge for historians, as for individuals and nations, has been to make sense of the Cold War past without recourse to the obsolete frameworks of a dichotomous world. The editors of Seeking Meaning, Seeking Justice in the Post-Cold War World, Judith Keene and Elizabeth Rechniewski, have brought together contributions that address the diverse modes by which the Cold War is being assessed, with a major focus on countries on the periphery of the Cold War confrontation. These approaches include developments in historiography as new intellectual and cultural frame are applied to old debates. Authors also consider the ‘universal’ principles and moral discourses, including that of human rights, on which judgements have been based and judicial processes instigated; and the forms of memorialisation that have sought to come to terms, and perhaps achieve reconciliation, with a Cold War past.

Contributors are: Ann Curthoys, Philip Deery, Katherine Hite, Michael Humphrey, Su-kyong Hwang, Perry Johansson, Judith Keene, Betty O'Neill, Peter Read, Elizabeth Rechniewski, Estela Valverde, Adrian Vickers and Marivic Wyndham

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Judith Keene, Ph.D. (1986), University of California, San Diego is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on the cultural history of twentieth century war, including art and cinema and the formation of individual and collective memory.

Elizabeth Rechniewski, Ph.D. (1990), University of Sydney, is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. She has published widely on remembrance of twentieth century war and colonial war in Australia, France and New Caledonia, including the commemoration of indigenous soldiers from those counties.
List of Contributors
Introduction: New Perspectives from the Post-Cold War World
Judith Keene and Elizabeth Rechniewski

Part 1 
Seeking Meaning

Section 1 
Historians, Sources and the New Modalities of History

1 Writing Australia’s Cold War through History and Memoir
Ann Curthoys

2 Post-Cold War Conflict: Historians, Espionage and American Communism
Phillip Deery

3 Forgetting and Remembering Pol Pot: Judging the Cold War Past in Sweden
Perry Johansson

4 Changing Interpretations of the Pinochet Dictatorship and its Victims in Chilean Memorial Inscriptions Since the End of the Cold War
Peter Read

Section 2 
Media-Derived Representations of the Cold War and Post-Cold War

5 All [not so] Quiet on the Korean Front. Lewis Milestone and Anti-War Cinema during and after the Cold War
Judith Keene

6 From The Year Of Living Dangerously to The Act of Killing in Popular Imaginings of Indonesian Cold War History
Adrian Vickers

Section 3 
Intergenerational Interrogations. Children of the Cold War

7 Why did you Abandon Us? The Children of Chilean Revolutionaries Confront Their Parents
Marivic Wyndham

8 A Father’s Cold War Exile and a Daughter’s Search for Reconciliation
Betty O’Neill

Part 2 
Seeking Justice

Section 4 
Modalities of Memorialisation and Memory

9 Disappearance, Exhumation and Reburial: The Historical Recovery of Victims in Post-Cold War Argentina and Spain
Michael Humphrey and Estela Valverde

10 Revisiting the Cold War through Twenty-First Century Museums of Memory of the Americas
Katherine Hite

Section 5 
Breaking Cold War Silences. Challenging Colonialism and Patriarchy

11 Why the War in Cameroon Never Took Place
Elizabeth Rechniewski

12 Between Patriarchy and Anti-Communism: Widowhood in Cold War and Post-Cold War Korea
Su-kyoung Hwang

Historians, social and political scientists and students studying the global legacy of the Cold War, including Asia Latin America and Africa and those who are interested in human rights, memorialisation and transitional justice.
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