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1st Edition

Genocide: The Basics

ISBN 9780415817257
Published September 24, 2014 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


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.