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Book Review: Righting Wrongs in Eastern Europe , by Istvan Pogany. (Manchester University Press. Manchester, 1997)

Book Review: Righting Wrongs in Eastern Europe , by Istvan Pogany. (Manchester University Press.... Istvan Pogany, Righting Wrongs in Eastern E ~ ~ r o p(Manchester e University Press. Manchester, 1997) xii + 226 pp., ISBN 0-71903042-0, hb £45 Claims for historical justice have never been more widely heard. The whirlwind of political change which has swept through Latin America, Africa and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union has for the most part displaced military dictatorships and other varieties of authoritarian regime in favour of more pluralistic, even democratic, forms of government. Many of these new regimes face popular demands and international pressure for reparation and compensation for victims of past injustice, and to ensure that those responsible are brought to present justice. Events in eastern Europe are of special interest in themselves, but of essential importance for English observers, in the context of the proposed enlargement of the European Union. However, Istvan Pogany's important new book is by no means simply a chronicle of injustice and attempted remedy in the three countries he has selected for his research - Hungary, Poland and the former Czechoslovakia. He addresses central issues of the ethics of justice, and the complexity and responsibility attaching to any attempt at reparation. The questions he raises will http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

Book Review: Righting Wrongs in Eastern Europe , by Istvan Pogany. (Manchester University Press. Manchester, 1997)

European Public Law , Volume 4 (4) – Dec 1, 1998

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Istvan Pogany, Righting Wrongs in Eastern E ~ ~ r o p(Manchester e University Press. Manchester, 1997) xii + 226 pp., ISBN 0-71903042-0, hb £45 Claims for historical justice have never been more widely heard. The whirlwind of political change which has swept through Latin America, Africa and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union has for the most part displaced military dictatorships and other varieties of authoritarian regime in favour of more pluralistic, even democratic, forms of government. Many of these new regimes face popular demands and international pressure for reparation and compensation for victims of past injustice, and to ensure that those responsible are brought to present justice. Events in eastern Europe are of special interest in themselves, but of essential importance for English observers, in the context of the proposed enlargement of the European Union. However, Istvan Pogany's important new book is by no means simply a chronicle of injustice and attempted remedy in the three countries he has selected for his research - Hungary, Poland and the former Czechoslovakia. He addresses central issues of the ethics of justice, and the complexity and responsibility attaching to any attempt at reparation. The questions he raises will

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Published: Dec 1, 1998

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