The Specter of Genocide: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 7, 2003 - History - 396 pages
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Focusing on the twentieth century, this collection of essays by leading international experts offers an up-to-date, comprehensive history and analysis of multiple cases of genocide and genocidal acts. The book contains studies of the Armenian genocide; the victims of Stalinist terror; the Holocaust; and Imperial Japan. Contributors explore colonialism and address the fate of the indigenous peoples in Africa, North America, and Australia. In addition, extensive coverage of the post-1945 period includes the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, Bali, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, East Timor, and Guatemala. Robert Gellately is Professor and Strassler Family Chair for the Study of Holocaust History at Clark University, where he teaches a variety of courses in modern German history, modern European history and the history of the Holocaust with a concentration on the study of Nazi Germany and the Gestapo. In Backing Hitler (Oxford, 2001), Gellately uses new evidence to demolish long-held beliefs about what ordinary Germans knew of the concentration camps. His internationally acclaimed book, The Gestapo and German Society (Oxford, 1990) challenges conventional concepts of the Gestapo and daily life in Nazi Germany. He has won numerous fellowships, and awards, most recently from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. Ben Kiernan is A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History and Director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University and Convenor of the Yale East Timor Project. Kiernan is the author of The Pol Pot Regime (Yale, 1996), How Pol Pot Came to Power (Verso Books, 1985) and three other works and over a hundred scholarly articles on Southeast Asia and the history of genocide. Choice called him "the most knowledgeable observer of Cambodia anywhere in the Western world." Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge "indicted" and then "sentenced" him as an "arch war criminal." Kiernan is a member of the Editorial Boards of Human Rights Review, the Journal of Human Rights, and the Journal of Genocide Research. He is currently writing a global history of genocide since 1500.

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The Study of Mass Murder and Genocide
Genocide and Modernity
TwentiethCentury Genocides Underlying Ideological Themes from Armenia to East Timor
The Modernity of Genocides War Race and Revolution in the Twentieth Century
Seeking the Roots of Modern Genocide On the Macro and Microhistory of Mass Murder
Genocide and the Body Politic in the Time of Modernity
Indigenous Peoples and Colonial Issues
Genocides of Indigenous Peoples Rhetoric of Human Rights
The Third Reich the Holocaust and Visions of Serial Genocide
Reflections on Modern Japanese History in the Context of the Concept of Genocide
Genocide and Mass Murder since 1945
When the World Turned to Chaos 1965 and Its Aftermath in Bali Indonesia
Genocide in Cambodia and Ethiopia
Modern Genocide in Rwanda Ideology Revolution War and Mass Murder in an African State
History Motive Law Intent Combining Historical and Legal Methods in Understanding Guatemalas 19811983 Genocide
Analysis of a Mass Crime Ethnic Cleansing in the Former Yugoslavia 19911999

Military Culture and the Production of Final Solutions in the Colonies The Example of Wilhelminian Germany
Encirclement and Annihilation The Indonesian Occupation of East Timor
The Era of the Two World Wars
Under Cover of War The Armenian Genocide in the Context of Total War
The Mechanism of a Mass Crime The Great Terror in the Soviet Union 19371938
Investigating Genocide
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

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