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By Ian Cobain

ISBN-10: 1619021099

ISBN-13: 9781619021099

The reputable line is obvious: the uk doesn't “participate in, solicit, motivate or condone” torture. And but, the proof is irrefutable: while confronted with capability threats to their nationwide safety, the gloves continually come off.

Drawing on formerly unseen reputable files and the money owed of witnesses, sufferers and specialists, prize-winning investigative journalist Ian Cobain appears to be like past the cover-ups, the equivocations, and the makes an attempt to push aside brutality because the paintings of some rogue interrogators, to get to the reality. From the second one global conflict to the warfare on Terror, through Kenya and northern eire, A mystery historical past of Torture exhibits how the West have again and again and systematically resorted to torture, turning a blind eye the place beneficial, bending the legislations the place they could, and issuing specific denials the entire whereas. What emerges is an image of england that demanding situations our complacency on human rights and exposes the lie at the back of their popularity for reasonable play.

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By de‹nition, refugees confound conventional categories of belonging. 63 Where, then, does their history belong? Displaced persons sit uncomfortably between German and eastern European histories. Consequently, they are often treated as a subject apart. During the long Cold War, historical scholarship on eastern Europe generally neglected displaced persons, even though they represented a signi‹cant part of the population “lost” after the war. In their countries of origin, they were largely excised from the history books, an embarrassing reminder of the fact that not everyone returned home to participate in the heroic project of national reconstruction.

One approach is to examine movements across national boundaries and their role in shaping the nation. Another is to look at the role of global forces in creating nation-states. 77 Refugees would seem to be an obvious topic to examine from a 24 Between National Socialism and Soviet Communism transnational perspective, since they by de‹nition move across national borders and are obliged to deal with unfamiliar cultural contexts. Moreover, their existence undermines the perceived stability of national categories and the naturalness of the nation-state order, while also drawing analytic attention to the role that mobility and displacement play in the formation of communities and societies.

This makes it superior to theories of ethnic relations, which emphasize relations with the host society and think about social groups in terms of ethnic minorities and majorities. Looking at Kurdish refugees in contemporary Britain and Finland, sociologist Östen Wahlbeck notes that conditions in the home country are often much more important and real than conditions in the host society. Hence the concept of the minority has little meaning. Political developments at home have a strong impact on refugee communities, and refugee politics are often oriented toward the home country.

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