A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation by Eric D. Weitz PDF

By Eric D. Weitz

ISBN-10: 0691165874

ISBN-13: 9780691165875

Why did the 20th century witness unparalleled equipped genocide? will we examine why genocide is perpetrated through evaluating various circumstances of genocide? Is the Holocaust targeted, or does it percentage motives and lines with different instances 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 less 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 turned so systematic and deadly.

Weitz depicts the searing brutality of every genocide and strains its origins again to these strongest different types of the trendy international: race and country. He demonstrates how, in all of the instances, a powerful nation pursuing utopia promoted a specific mixture of severe nationwide and racial ideologies. In moments of excessive main issue, those states exact sure nationwide and racial teams, believing that basically the annihilation of those "enemies" could permit 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 publication deals the most soaking up debts ever written of the inhabitants purges eternally linked to the names Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and Milosevic. A debatable and richly textured comparability of those 4 smooth instances, it identifies the social and political forces that produce genocide.

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