Blood and Soil A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur

ISBN-10: 0300144253
ISBN-13: 9780300144253
Edition: 2009
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Description: For thirty years Ben Kiernan has been deeply involved in the study of genocide and crimes against humanity. He has played a key role in unearthing confidential documentation of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. His writings have  More...

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List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 2/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 768
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

For thirty years Ben Kiernan has been deeply involved in the study of genocide and crimes against humanity. He has played a key role in unearthing confidential documentation of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. His writings have transformed our understanding not only of twentieth-century Cambodia but also of the historical phenomenon of genocide. This new bookthe first global history of genocide and extermination from ancient timesis among his most important achievements. Kiernan examines outbreaks of mass violence from the classical era to the present, focusing on worldwide colonial exterminations and twentieth-century case studies including the Armenian genocide, the Nazi Holocaust, Stalin's mass murders, and the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides. He identifies connections, patterns, and features that in nearly every case gave early warning of the catastrophe to come: racism or religious prejudice, territorial expansionism, and cults of antiquity and agrarianism. The ideologies that have motivated perpetrators of mass killings in the past persist in our new century, says Kiernan. He urges that we heed the rich historical evidence with its telltale signs for predicting and preventing future genocides.

List of Maps
Introduction
Early Imperial Expansion
Classical Genocide and Early Modern Memory
The Spanish Conquest of the New World, 1492-1600
Guns and Genocide in East Asia, 1400-1600
Genocidal Massacres in Early Modern Southeast Asia
Settler Colonialism
Introductory Note
The English Conquest of Ireland, 1565-1603
Colonial North America, 1600-1776
Genocidal Violence in Nineteenth-Century Australia
Genocide in the United States
Settler Genocides in Africa, 1830-1910
Twentieth-Century Genocides
Introductory Note
The Armenian Genocide: National Chauvinism in the Waning Ottoman Empire
Blut und Boden: Germany and Nazi Genocide
Rice, Race, and Empire: Japan and East Asia
Soviet Terror and Agriculture
Maoism in China: A Rural Model of Revolutionary Violence
From the Mekong to the Nile: Genocide in Cambodia and Rwanda
Epilogue: Racial and Religious Slaughter from Bangladesh to Baghdad
Note
Acknowledgments
Index
Illustrations

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