Outlawing Genocide Denial

Outlawing Genocide Denial The Dilemmas of Official Historical Truth Guenter Lewy

In Outlawing Genocide Denial, historian and political scientist Guenter Lewy scrutinizes the controversial practice of criminalizing genocide denial. Holocaust denial can be viewed as another form of hatred against Jews and restricting it can be understood as a way of preventing hate speech. Germany has made it a crime punishable by law. Other European countries have adopted similar laws. While the rationales for criminalizing speech seems reasonable, Lewy asks readers to look again and to consider carefully the dangers of doing so. His discussion neither dismisses the ramifications of genocide denial nor justifies it; he instead looks closely at the possible risks of government-enforced interpretations of history. By outlawing genocide denial, governments set a precedent for dictating historical "truth" and how events should be interpreted. Such government restrictions can be counterproductive in a democratic society that values freedom of speech. Lewy examines these and related ideas through the analysis of historical and current examples. He posits his own conclusion but leaves it to readers to view the evidence and arguments and to form their own opinions.
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Specificaties

ISBN
9781607813729
Uitgever
University of Utah Press,U.S.
Druk
1e
Datum
30-09-2014
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
224 pp.
Bindwijze
Paperback
Genre
Politicologie

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