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Mass Violence in Modern History


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Despite the horrors of nineteenth century conflicts including the US Civil War and the Napoleonic Wars, it was not until the twentieth century that mass killing was conducted on an industrialized scale. While the trenches of Flanders and the atomic bomb were major manifestations of this, mass violence often occurred outside the context of conventional war or away from the traditional battlefield. Research has understandably tended to focus on major events and often within a binary superpower narrative. In fact, instances of mass violence are often hard to pin down as well as being little known, and involving civilians and citizens of a wider range of territories than is publicized. The books in this series shed light on mass violence in the modern era, from Armenia to Rwanda; from Belarus to Bosnia-Herzegovina and many points in between.

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Cultural Violence and the Destruction of Human Communities: New Theoretical Perspectives

Cultural Violence and the Destruction of Human Communities: New Theoretical Perspectives

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Fiona Greenland, Fatma Müge Göçek
July 16, 2020

This volume brings together leading sociologists and anthropologists to break new ground in the study of cultural violence. First sketched in Raphael Lemkin’s seminal writings on genocide, and later systematically defined by peace studies scholar Johan Galtung, the concept of cultural violence...

The Holocaust in the Romanian Borderlands: The Arc of Civilian Complicity

The Holocaust in the Romanian Borderlands: The Arc of Civilian Complicity

1st Edition

Mihai I Poliec
June 25, 2019

This volume examines the changing role which ordinary members of society played in the state-sponsored persecution of the Jews in Bukovina and Bessarabia, both during the summer of 1941, when Romania joined the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, and beyond. It establishes different patterns of...

The White Terror: Antisemitic and Political Violence in Hungary, 1919-1921

The White Terror: Antisemitic and Political Violence in Hungary, 1919-1921

1st Edition

Béla Bodó
June 04, 2019

The White Terror was a movement of right-wing militias that for two years actively tracked down, tortured, and murdered members of the Jewish community, as well as former supporters of the short-lived Council Republic in the years following World War I. It can be argued that this example of a...

Local Dimensions of the Second World War in Southeastern Europe

Local Dimensions of the Second World War in Southeastern Europe

1st Edition

Xavier Bougarel, Hannes Grandits, Marija Vulesica
March 19, 2019

This book deals with the Second World War in Southeastern Europe from the perspective of conditions on the ground during the conflict. The focus is on the reshaping of ethnic and religious groups in wartime, on the "top-down" and "bottom-up" dynamics of mass violence, and on the local dimensions of...

Knowledge and Acknowledgement in the Politics of Memory of the Armenian Genocide

Knowledge and Acknowledgement in the Politics of Memory of the Armenian Genocide

1st Edition

Vahagn Avedian
October 30, 2018

Is the Armenian Genocide a strictly historical matter? If that is the case, why is it still a topical issue, capable of causing diplomatic rows and heated debates? The short answer would be that the century old Armenian Genocide is much more than a historical question. It emerged as a political...

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