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Dark Pasts: Changing the State's Story in Turkey and Japan

Jennifer M. Dixon


Over the past two decades, many states have been called on to recognize and apologize for historic wrongs. In response, some states have apologized for past crimes, while others continue to silence, deny, and relativize dark pasts. What explains this tremendous variation? When and why do states change the stories they tell about dark pasts? Based on a comparative analysis of the trajectories of Turkey’s narrative of the 1915-17 Armenian Genocide and Japan’s narrative of the 1937-8 Nanjing Massacre, Dark Pasts argues that international pressures increase the likelihood of change in official nar ... More

Keywords: memory, narrative, Armenian Genocide, denial, genocide, Turkey, Japan, Nanjing Massacre, dark past

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501730245
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501730245.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer M. Dixon, author
Villanova University