Elazar Barkan


This Essay explores a rush of restitution cases throughout the globe. The author sees in the pattern formed by these cases a central component of a new international morality. The Essay claims that these cases testify to a new globalism that pays greater attention to human rights. The author underscores the increasing way in which our histories shape our identities. Both realism and tentativeness of the historical identity have become part of the growing liberal political space that includes no longer merely Western countries, but has become attractive to numerous diverse groups and nations globally.