Governments, Citizens, and Genocide
A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach
Publication Year: 2001
Published by: Indiana University Press
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I first wish to thank Susanna Maxwell, the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northern Arizona University, who has provided a tremendous amount of moral and material support for my work. I also want to express my gratitude to Ray Michalowski and Marilyn McShane, who in their capacity as Chairs ...
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This book presents a comparative and interdisciplinary discussion of the crime of genocide. Given the increasing pervasiveness of genocide in this century, it is surprising that social scientists have so seldom applied their efforts to the study of this particular type of criminality. ...
1. The Age of Genocide
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If war is, as Alfred Nobel suggested, “the horror of all horrors, and the greatest of all crimes,” then the crime of genocide must surely be its terrible twin. While genocide, or the attempted destruction of a population group, has been a deadly companion to human society for most of recorded history, ...
2. A Crime by Any Other Name
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While the term “genocide” has only recently entered the modern lexicon, it must be pointed out that genocide is by no means a new phenomenon. As Leo Kuper points out, “The word is new, the crime is ancient.”2 Appearing in many guises and epochs, genocides have punctuated the historic landscape from time immemorial, ...
3. Deadly Regimes
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In an interview just months before his death, Pol Pot, former Khmer Rouge leader and the architect of the Cambodian genocide, denied being responsible for the genocide committed against his people during the 1970s. Asserting that “I came to carry out the struggle, not to kill people,” Pol Pot portrayed himself as a misunderstood ...
4. Lethal Cogs
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On the night of May 11, 1960, in a run-down suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a man was kidnapped just steps away from his house. As he walked home from work in the dark, two men approached from the opposite direction, grabbed him, and threw him into a waiting car that quickly sped away. ...
5. Accommodating Genocide
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The massacre at the Nyarabuye church is a particularly powerful example of the type of killing that marked the Rwandan genocide.3 When the killing erupted throughout that country, several thousand Tutsis gathered at the church, many on the advice of the local bourgemestre, or mayor, Sylvestre Gacumbitsi. ...
6. Confronting Genocide
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Genocide often evokes images of inexplicable and powerful natural and supernatural forces. One survivor said the Holocaust “was storm, lightning, thunder, wind, rain,”3 while Rezak Hukanovic, a survivor of the camps at Omarska and Manjaca, described the genocide in Bosnia this way: “Bosnia trembled as if it had been hit by a powerful earthquake. ...
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Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 1 bibliog., 1 index
Publication Year: 2001