By Eric D. Weitz

Why did the 20th century witness unparalleled equipped genocide? do we examine why genocide is perpetrated through evaluating diverse instances of genocide? Is the Holocaust special, or does it percentage reasons and contours with different situations of state-sponsored mass homicide? Can genocide be prevented?

Blending gripping narrative with trenchant research, Eric Weitz investigates 4 of the 20th century's significant eruptions of genocide: the Soviet Union lower than Stalin, Nazi Germany, Cambodia lower than the Khmer Rouge, and the previous Yugoslavia. Drawing on historic assets in addition to trial documents, memoirs, novels, and poems, Weitz explains the superiority of genocide within the 20th century--and indicates how and why it grew to become so systematic and deadly.

Weitz depicts the searing brutality of every genocide and lines its origins again to these strongest different types of the trendy global: race and state. He demonstrates how, in all of the instances, a powerful kingdom pursuing utopia promoted a selected mixture of severe nationwide and racial ideologies. In moments of extreme drawback, those states certain definite nationwide and racial teams, believing that simply the annihilation of those "enemies" could allow the dominant team to flourish. And in every one example, huge segments of the inhabitants have been enticed to affix within the usually ritualistic activities that destroyed their neighbors.

This booklet bargains probably the most soaking up debts ever written of the inhabitants purges perpetually linked to the names Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and Milosevic. A debatable and richly textured comparability of those 4 glossy circumstances, it identifies the social and political forces that produce genocide.

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