Charles Nolte The Oedipus Plays Essay Checker

Commission, modeled along the lines of other such Commissions in South Africa and

elsewhere. After years of grassroots organizing, a Commission was eventually formed in

2004 as an “unofficial” truth project (the City Council voted—along racial lines—against

official involvement).3 The subsequent inquiry and ultimate report of the Commission

provoked intense controversy and resistance.4

Greensboro’s “importation” of a Truth and Reconciliation model challenged several

established myths and assumptions about such processes. Firstly, it demonstrated that the

value of a TRC is not restricted to transitional societies emerging from periods of intense

civil conflict, genocide, or war. By creating such an institution within the United States, the

citizens of Greensboro demonstrated—in the words of a South African TRC

commissioner—that “many so called stabled democracies have a number of skeletons in

their closets…[that] there are several historical acts of national shame [in the developed

world] that will not go away until the wounds are cut open and addressed.”5 Moreover, the

experience in Greensboro highlighted the importance of addressing these “skeletons”

through processes and institutions that exceed—but do not replace—juridical bodies, which,

by design, have a restrictive focus on criminal action and intent in isolation from the broader

social context.6 Finally, as a grassroots campaign organized, financed, and operated through

non-state agencies, the Greensboro TRC demonstrated that citizen groups themselves could

authorize a respected and serious examination of traumatic events in a community’s past

without the official sanction or support of the state. The Greensboro TRC was not without

3 Louis Bickford, "Unofficial Truth Projects," Human Rights Quarterly Vol., 29, No. 4 (20070

4 Jordan Green, “Present bumps up against past in truth discussion.” Yes Weekly. June 12, 2007, and “Greensboro truth commission is not the first to spark controversy.” Yes Weekly.

March 29, 2005.

5 Quoted in Lisa Magarrell and Joya Wesley, Learning from Greensboro: Truth and Reconciliation in the United States (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). Pg. 1

6 This is especially true for judicial interventions in policies and events with disparate racial impact, where the courts impose a standard on plaintiffs that requires them to provide

discriminatory intent. See Charles R. Lawrence III, “The Id, the Ego, and Equal Protection: Reckoning with Unconscious Racial Prejudice,” Stanford Law Review Vol. 39, No. 2 (1987).


Positioned on the fault line between two competing Cold War ideological and military alliances, and entangled in ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, the Balkan region offers a particularly interesting case for the study of the global Cold War system. This book explores the origins, unfolding and impact of the Cold War on the Balkans on the one hand, and the importance of regional realities and pressures on the other.  Fifteen contributors from history, international relations, and political science address a series of complex issues rarely covered in one volume, namely the Balkans and the creation of the Cold War order; Military alliances and the Balkans; uneasy relations with the Superpowers; Balkan dilemmas in the 1970s and 1980s and the ‘significant other’ – the EEC; and identity, culture and ideology. The book’s particular contribution to the scholarship of the Cold War is that it draws on extensive multi-archival research of both regional and American, ex-Soviet and Western European archives.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Svetozar Rajak
  • Konstantina E. Botsiou
  • Eirini Karamouzi
  • Evanthis Hatzivassiliou
  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of the PeloponneseCorinthGreece
  3. 3.University of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.University of AthensAthensGreece

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