In This Review

From Dictatorship to Democracy
From Dictatorship to Democracy
Edited by John H. Herz
Greenwood Press, 1983, 308 pp

Historians and social scientists examine the transition of various European countries and Japan from right-wing dictatorships to democratic regimes. The authors respect the particularities of each case; general laws are hard to come by. The question of how new regimes deal with the legacies of the old is specially emphasized, and the four chapters dealing with Germany would suggest that the Federal Republic did badly in this respect, particularly in denazification, though the strength of the Bonn regime would appear to be beyond doubt. A useful, if uneven, collection.