The United Nations Genocide Convention: An Introduction

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 18, 2020 - History - 192 pages

It is virtually impossible to understand the phenomenon of genocide without a clear understanding of the complexities of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (UNCG). This brief but cogent book provides an introduction to the unique wording, legal terminology, and key components of the convention, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

Providing clarity on the distinctions between genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing, this book is designed to be an entry into further study of genocide in its legal, historical, political, and philosophical dimensions. Key terms, such as intent and motive, are explained, case studies are included, and a detailed bibliography at the conclusion of the book offers suggested avenues for more advanced study of the UNCG.

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About the author (2020)

Samuel Totten is a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where he taught from 1987 to 2012.

Henry Theriault is currently professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at Worcester State University.

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