God, Gulliver, and Genocide: Barbarism and the European Imagination, 1492-1945
'excellent book' - Steven Poole, The Guardian, Saturday Review, 23 June 2001'Rawson's excellent book analyses the spectrum of aggressions that exists between such figurative use of the language of extermination and its actual fufilment in historical genocides over the last six centuries' -Steven Poole, Saturday Review, The Guardian, 23 June 2001We are obsessed with 'barbarians'. They are the 'not us', who don't speak our language, or 'any language', whom we depise, fear, invade and kill; for whom we feel compassion, or admiration, and an intense sexual interest; whom we often outdo in the barbarism we impute to them; and whose suspected resemblance to us haunts our introspections and imaginings. This book looks afresh at how we have confronted the idea of 'barbarism', in ourselves and others, from the conquest of the Americas to the Nazi Holocaust, through the voices of many writers, including Montaigne, Swift and Shaw.
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