New book “Transitional and Retrospective Justice in the Baltic States” by Pettai & Pettai
Cambridge University Press has just released the research monograph Transitional and Retrospective Justice in the Baltic States by Dr. Eva-Clarita Pettai and Prof. Vello Pettai. It is the first book that focuses on transitional justice issues in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from a comparative perspective.
The monograph is cutting-edge in several aspects. First, it develops an innovative analytical model for studying the politics of the past in post-communist countries. Second, the book uses this framework to survey all three of the Baltic states in terms of the public debates and government policies that have sought to deal with truth and justice issues in these countries.
The book synthesises previous research on transitional justice and memory politics in the Baltic states with extensive study of empirical data from archival, legal, media resources and expert interviews conducted in the three countries. Specifically, the 370-page monograph covers topics such as criminal trials against ex-communist officials, lustration, property restitution, victim rehabilitation, victim compensation and remembrance practices. In addition, a separate chapter is devoted to international reverberations from these politics, both in Russia and in European institutions.
According to Dr. Eva-Clarita Pettai, senior researcher at the Institute of Government and Politics, the monograph addresses themes that are relevant for understanding the Baltic societies today: “How these states dealt with their Soviet past and established mechanisms of truth and justice after regaining independence tells us a lot about the strength and character of their democracies.”
Further information about the book is available on the CUP website.
For more information, please contact Dr. Eva-Clarita Pettai, ecpettai [ät] ut.ee, ph +372 737 6587.