4th Edition

Genocide A Comprehensive Introduction

By Adam Jones Copyright 2024
    766 Pages 182 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    766 Pages 182 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction is the most wide-ranging textbook on genocide yet published. Designed as a text for undergraduate and graduate students from a range of disciplines, it will also appeal to non-specialists and general readers.

    Fully updated to reflect the latest thinking in this rapidly developing field, this unique book:

    • Provides an introduction to genocide as both a historical phenomenon and an analytical-legal concept, including the concept of genocidal intent and the dynamism and contingency of genocidal processes.
    • Discusses the role of state-building, imperialism, war, and social revolution in fueling genocide.
    • Supplies a wide range of full-length case studies of genocides worldwide, each with a supplementary study.
    • Explores perspectives on genocide from the social sciences, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science/international relations, and gender studies.
    • Considers the future of genocide, with attention to historical memory and genocide denial; initiatives for truth, justice, and redress; and strategies of intervention and prevention.

    Highlights of the new edition include:

    • New case studies of the Uyghur genocide in the People’s Republic of China, the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, and Muslims in India.
    • The historical and archaeological legacy of genocide.
    • New and vivid testimonies of survivors and witnesses to genocide.

    This significantly revised fourth edition will remain an indispensable text for new generations of genocide study and scholarship. An accompanying website (www.genocidetext.net) features a selection of supplementary materials, teaching aids, and Internet resources.

    Part One: Overview

    Chapter 1 The Origins of Genocide

    Chapter 2 State and Empire; War and Revolution

    Part Two: Case Studies

    Chapter 3 Genocides of Indigenous Peoples

    Chapter 4 The Ottoman Destruction of Christian Minorities

    Chapter 5 Stalin and Mao

    Chapter 6 The Jewish Holocaust

    Chapter 7 Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge

    Chapter 8 Bosnia and Kosovo

    Chapter 9 Genocide in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

    Part three: Social Science Perspectives

    Chapter 10 Psychological Perspectives

    Chapter 11 The Sociology and Anthropology of Genocide

    Chapter 12 Political Science and International Relations

    Chapter 13 Gendering Genocide

    Part four: The Future of Genocide

    Chapter 14 Memory, Forgetting, and Denial

    Chapter 15 Justice, Truth, and Redress

    Chapter 16 Strategies of Intervention and Prevention


    Adam Jones, PhD, was born in Singapore in 1963 and grew up in England and Canada. He is currently Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia–Okanagan in Kelowna, BC. He has published various sole-authored and edited books on genocide and related themes, including Sites of Genocide (2022) and The Scourge of Genocide: Essays and Reflections (2013), as well as works on mass media and political transition. Jones has lived and/or traveled in over 100 countries on every populated continent. His "Global Photo Archive" of more than 26,000 Creative Commons images has been used online by The New York Times, The Washington Post, the BBC, The Guardian, and The Atlantic, among many others (see www.flickr.com/adam_jones/albums/). He has served as an expert consultant for the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect.

    "Adam Jones is the veritable dean of genocide studies, having authored one of the leading textbooks on the subject (Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction, second edition, 2010) as well as authoring and editing numerous other important volumes and articles."

    Guy Lancaster, in Political Studies Review, 2015, VOL 13, 239–316