Genocide and International Relations: Changing Patterns in the Transitions of the Late Modern World

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 19, 2013 - Political Science - 246 pages
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'Genocide and International Relations' lays the foundations for a new perspective on genocide in the modern world. Genocide studies have been influenced, negatively as well as positively, by the political and cultural context in which the field has developed. In particular, a narrow vision of comparative studies has been influential in which genocide is viewed mainly as a 'domestic' phenomenon of states. This book emphasizes the international context of genocide, seeking to specify more precisely the relationships between genocide and the international system. Shaw aims to re-interpret the classical European context of genocide in this frame, to provide a comprehensive international perspective on Cold War and post-Cold War genocide, and to re-evaluate the key transitions of the end of the Second World War and the end of the Cold War.

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Martin Shaw is a historical sociologist specialising in global politics, war and genocide. He is Research Professor of International Relations at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals, Professorial Fellow in International Relations and Human Rights at Roehampton University, London, and Emeritus Professor of Sussex University. Shaw's books What is Genocide? (2007) and War and Genocide: Organized Killing in Modern Society (2003) have established him as a major authority in the genocide field. He is the author of several books on war, most recently The New Western Way of War: Risk-Transfer War and Its Crisis in Iraq (2005) and Civil Society and Media in Global Crises: Representing Distant Violence (1996), and on global change, notably Theory of the Global State: Globality as Unfinished Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2000). His website is

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