The fourth edition of "Centuries of Genocide: Essays and
Eyewitness Accounts" addresses examples of genocides perpetrated in
the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Each chapter
of the book is written by a recognized expert in the field,
collectively demonstrating a wide range of disciplinary
perspectives. The book is framed by an introductory essay that
spells out definitional issues, as well as the promises,
complexities, and barriers to the prevention and intervention of
To help the reader learn about the similarities and differences
among the various cases, each case is structured around specific
leading questions. In every chapter authors address: Who committed
the genocide? How was the genocide committed? Why was the genocide
committed? Who were the victims? What were the outstanding
historical forces? What was the long-range impact? What were the
responses? How do scholars interpret this genocide? How does
learning about this genocide contribute to the field of study?
While the material in each chapter is based on sterling
scholarship and wide-ranging expertise of the authors, eyewitness
accounts give voice to the victims. This book is an attempt to
provoke the reader into understanding that learning about genocide
is important and that we all have a responsibility not to become
immune to acts of genocide, especially in the interdependent world
in which we live today.
Revision highlights include:
- New chapters on genocide of Native Americans in the nineteenth
century, genocide in Australia, and genocide in the Nuba
- New chapter authors on Herero genocide and Rwanda genocide
- Consolidation of the 3 chapters on the Holocaust into one
- Several chapters from past editions that were omitted are now
available on a companion website (Indonesia, Burundi, indigenous
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