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Why Not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder

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ISBN-10: 1400834856

ISBN-13: 9781400834853

Edition: 2010 (Revised)

Authors: Daniel Chirot, Clark McCauley

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List price: $78.75
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/1/2010
Pages: 288
Language: English

Daniel Chirot is the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor of International Studies and professor of sociology at the University of Washington. Clark McCauley is the Rachel C. Hale Professor of Science and Mathematics and codirector of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College, and founding editor of "Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward Terrorism and Genocide".

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction: Are We Killers or Peacemakers?
Why Genocides? Are They Different Now Than in the Past?
The Four Main Motives Leading to Mass Political Murder
Are Modern Genocides and Ethnic Cleansings Different? Retribalization and the Modern State
The Psychological Foundations of Genocidal Killing
How to Get Ordinary People to Become Butchers
Emotional Appeals: Leaders and Followers
Essentializing Others
The Dangerous Similar Others
The Conditions of Genocide
Why Is Limited Warfare More Common Than Genocide?
Weighing the Costs of Genocidal Conflicts
Limiting the Damage of Warfare
Exogamy: Making the Enemy Part of the Family
Establishing Codes of Warfare and Exchange to Limit Violence
Are Rules of Exogamy, Codes of Honor, and Potlatching
Still Relevant?
The Mercantile Compulsion
Morality and Modesty: Rejecting Certitude
Yearning for Solutions
Strategies to Decrease the Chances of Mass Political Murder in Our Time
State Policies That Reduce Hostility between Groups
Limiting Demands for Justice and Revenge
Modest Solutions and Small-Scale Changes to Promote Tolerance
The Crucial Role of States in Promoting Peaceful Exchanges
Individual Rights and Pluralist Histories
Conclusion: Our Question Answered