Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Political Science - 724 pages
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For thirty years Ben Kiernan has been deeply involved in the study of genocide and crimes against humanity. He has played a key role in unearthing confidential documentation of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. His writings have transformed our understanding not only of twentieth-century Cambodia but also of the historical phenomenon of genocide. This new bookthe first global history of genocide and extermination from ancient timesis among his most important achievements. Kiernan examines outbreaks of mass violence from the classical era to the present, focusing on worldwide colonial exterminations and twentieth-century case studies including the Armenian genocide, the Nazi Holocaust, Stalins mass murders, and the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides. He identifies connections, patterns, and features that in nearly every case gave early warning of the catastrophe to come: racism or religious prejudice, territorial expansionism, and cults of antiquity and agrarianism. The ideologies that have motivated perpetrators of mass killings in the past persist in our new century, says Kiernan. He urges that we heed the rich historical evidence with its telltale signs for predicting and preventing future genocides.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part One Early Imperial Expansion
41
Illustrations
87
Part Two Settler Colonialism
163
Part Three TwentiethCentury Genocides
391
Racial and Religious Slaughter from Bangladesh to Baghdad
571
Notes
607
Acknowledgments
698
Index
701
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