Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection [4 volumes]: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection

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Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection spans nearly 1,700 pages presented in four volumes and includes more than 120 primary source documents, making it ideal for high school and beginning college students studying modern genocide as part of a larger world history curriculum. The coverage for each modern genocide, from Herero to Darfur, begins with an introductory essay that helps students conceptualize the conflict within an international context and enables them to better understand the complex role genocide has played in the modern world. There are hundreds of entries on atrocities, organizations, individuals, and other aspects of genocide, each written to serve as a springboard to meaningful discussion and further research.

The coverage of each genocide includes an introductory overview, an explanation of the causes, consequences, perpetrators, victims, and bystanders; the international reaction; a timeline of events; an Analyze section that poses tough questions for readers to consider and provides scholarly, pro-and-con responses to these historical conundrums; and reference entries. This integrated examination of genocides occurring in the modern era not only presents an unprecedented research tool on the subject but also challenges the readers to go back and examine other events historically and, consequently, consider important questions about human society in the present and the future.


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The book includes the long-discredited political claim of Armenian genocide, along with the corut-proven fact of Jewish Holocaust. Relentless
promotion of a disputed allegation of Armenian genocide as "settled history" is itself quite unsettling, unscholarly, and even unethical. This enduring prejudice against Turks and Muslims must be exposed to unsuspecting masses who, for decades, only heard the Armenian side of the story. Armenians' conviction may be understood, but convictions are not sufficient to justify demonizing an entire country and its people with the most serious crime of genocide. It is a good thing that there is an inconvenient truth called "law" to stop such arbitrary lynching.
The United Nations 1948 Convention on Prevention and Punishment of Genocide provides the definition of genocide and stipulates that a) genocide charges can only be litigated at a "competent tribunal" , b) which shall follow "due process" c) to prove "intent to destroy." Such was never done in the case of Turkish-Armenian conflict and no court verdict exists saying it is genocide. To call it one anyway would be defrauding the unsuspecting public that there is a genocide verdict when we all know that there is not. So calling it genocide would be a fraud.
In a landmark decision, The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unequivocally supported the above position in its Dec 17, 2013 verdict on Perincek vs Switzerland that "[t]he existence of a 'genocide', which was a precisely defined legal concept, was not easy to prove". The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) added: "doubted that there could be a general consensus… given that historical research was, by definition, open to discussion and a matter of debate, without necessarily giving rise to final conclusions or to the assertion of objective and absolute truths". Thus, the ECHR created a legal precedent of inadmissibility of any comparison between the Holocaust and the Armenian claims; the latter lacks what the former clearly has: concrete historical facts, clear legal basis, and existence of the "acts had been found by an international court to be clearly established".
Modern genocide should divide the book in three:
Part One: List those cases which are decided by the International Court of Justice to be genocide per the U.N. Convention of 1948 on Prevention and Punishment of Genocide;
Part Two: List those controversial cases, like the Turkish-Armenian conflict, but provide views and narratives of both sides of the conflict to be fair and factual;
Part Three: List other cases where historians consider to be strong candidates for genocide but there are no claims or cases made (Nagazaki, Hiroshima, Columbus, Sundown Towns, etc.) again providing all sides of the conflicts, without necessarily coming to a definitive and imposing.
In summary, this book is "work in progress" at best.


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Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, is professor of history and director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL.

Steven Leonard Jacobs, DHL, holds the Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, where he is also associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies.

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