Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur
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 book—the first global history of genocide and extermination from ancient times—is 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, Stalin’s 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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This book is the best work on Genocide that I've read, and as a teacher of Genocide Studies I've read my share of books on the subject.
A great companion book for genocide scholars. A history of the world's most horrific genocide and war crimes.
Early Imperial Expansion
Classical Genocide and Early Modern Memory
The Spanish Conquest of the New World 14921600
Guns and Genocide in East Asia 14001600
Genocidal Massacres in Early Modern Southeast Asia
Settler Genocides in Africa 18301910
The Armenian Genocide National Chauvinism in the Waning Ottoman Empire
Blut und Boden Germany and Nazi Genocide
Rice Race and Empire Japan and East Asia
Soviet Terror and Agriculture
Maoism in China A Rural Model of Revolutionary Violence
The English Conquest of Ireland 15651603
Colonial North America 16001776
Genocidal Violence in NineteenthCentury Australia
Genocide in the United States
From the Mekong to the Nile Genocide in Cambodia and Rwanda