Genocide in the Age of the Nation State: Volume 2: The Rise of the West and Coming Genocide

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I.B.Tauris, Nov 5, 2005 - History - 463 pages
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Most books on genocide consider it primarily as a twentieth century phenomenon. In The Rise of the West and the Coming of Genocide, Mark Levene argues that this approach fails to grasp its true origins. Genocide developed out of modernity and the striving for the nation-state, both essentially Western experiences. It was European expansion into all hemispheres between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries that provided the main stimulus to its pre-1914 manifestations.One critical outcome, on the cusp of modernity, was the French revolutionary destruction of the Vendée. Levene finishes this volume at the 1914 watershed with the destabilising effects of the 'rise of the West' on older Ottoman, Chinese, Russian and Austrian empires, with devastating consequences for peoples such as the Armenians, and the East European Jews. The Rise of the West and the Coming of Genocide is the second volume in Levene's sweeping four-volume survey, Genocide in the Age of the Nation State.
 

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Contents

Introduction to Volume II
ii
European Conquerors and Sundry Savages
7
Anglo Consolidation in the Americas and Antipodes
61
The Vendee A Paradigm Shift?
103
The French Model its Discontents and Contenders
162
Ascendant Imperialisms
215
Declining Powers
277
Notes
337
Select Bibliography
415
Index
443
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Mark Levine is Reader in Comparative History, University of Southampton.