Blood and Soil

Blood and Soil

A World History of Genocide and Extermination From Sparta to Darfur

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Yale University

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.

Baker & Taylor
Examines the historical phenomenon of genocide around the globe from ancient times to the twentieth century, identifying common features, ideologies, and warning signs that many of the instances have shared.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780300100983
Branch Call Number: 301.45 K474b
Characteristics: x, 724 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Mar 17, 2014

"Racism becomes genocidal when perpetrators imagine a world without certain kinds of people in it." If you can bear to look and know, this anthology of "man's inhumanity to man" is an important document. Most of us are not in a position to stop or prevent wars, but this book gives a profound global perspective to the small cruelties we personally may be able to avoid and the small acts of fairness and kindness we can offer.
The chapter headings alone speak volumes: Spanish Conquest of the New World, 1492-1600; Guns and Genocide in East Asia, 1400-1600; Genocidal Massacres in Early Modern SE Asia; English Conquest of Ireland, 1565-1603; Colonial North America, 1600-1776; Genocidal Violence in 19th Century Australia; Genocide in the United States; Settler Genocides in Africa, 1830-1910; Armenian Genocide in the Waning Ottoman Empire; Germany and Nazi Genocide; Japan and East Asia; Soviet Terror and Agriculture; Maoism in China and Revolutionary Violence; Genocide in Cambodia and Rwanda; Racial and Religious Slaughter from Bangladesh to Baghdad.


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