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Genocide: The Basics

1st Edition

By Paul R. Bartrop


192 pages

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Genocide: The Basics is an engaging introduction to the study of a controversial and widely debated topic. This concise and comprehensive book explores key questions such as; how successful have efforts been in the prevention of genocide? How prevalent has genocide been throughout history? and how has the concept been defined? Real world case studies address significant issues including:

  • The killing of indigenous peoples by colonial powers
  • The Holocaust and the question of "uniqueness"
  • Peacekeeping efforts in the 1990s
  • Legal attempts to create a genocide-free world

With suggestions for further reading, discussion questions at the end of each chapter and a glossary of key terms, Genocide: The Basics is the ideal starting point for students approaching the topic for the first time.


Paul Bartrop is to be congratulated on producing an excellent introduction to the study of genocide for the ever growing number of readers who are studying the topic. This volume is an excellent guide to genocide within history as well as to its contemporary legal and political controversies, and those teaching and taking courses on genocide will find it to be an invaluable resource.

Patrick Hayden, Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Defining Genocide 2. Colonial Genocides 3. The Christians of the Ottoman Empire 4. The Holocaust 5. Genocide, Asia, and the Cold War 6. Genocide in the 1990s 7. South Sudan and Darfur: Genocide Again 8. Other Cases: Problems of Classification 9. The Dilemmas of Prevention and Intervention 10. International Justice 11. The Future Glossary References Index

About the Author

Dr Paul R. Bartrop is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Holocaust
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights