Source: (2003) In Nigel Biggar, ed., Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice after Civil Conflict. Expanded and updated. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. Pp. 307-324.

As both the editor and a contributor to this book, Nigel Biggar adds this conclusion to the collection of essays. In it he reflects, through specific interaction with ideas and contexts raised by other contributors, on seven important topics highlighted over the course of the book. These topics consist of the following: (1) the policy of forgetting; (2) the problem of contested history; (3) the relationship between justice and political “prudenceâ€?; (4) the significance of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission; (5) reconciliation and forgiveness as political categories; (6) the implications for Northern Ireland of truth-telling, history, reconciliation, and forgiveness; and (7) the significance of religious ideas for the question of “burying the past.â€?