Source: (2006) In, Elster, Jon editor, Retribution and Repatriation in the Transition to Democracy Cambridge University Press, New York, pp 89-123

The present chapter, which originated from a comparative history of the purges in Europe at the end of World War II, has a triple purpose: to offer an internal critique of the statistical, especially legal sources for the purge; to restart research on the issue by pointing out certain important gaps; and finally, to encourage more extensive reflection on the social, cultural, and political phenomena that constitute a purge when it occurs during a democratic transition. (excerpt)