Genocide is the grimmest and most relevant of modern tragedies. This stimulating and original work provides the definitive acount of genocide, and is essential reading for all who wish to understand the real meaning of mass murder throughout histo Genocide is the grimmest and most relevant of modern tragedies. This stimulating and original work provides the definitive acount of genocide, and is essential reading for all who wish to understand the real meaning of mass murder throughout history. Provides the first narative history of genocide. Highly topical - many recent examples of alleged genocides - Yougoslavia, Rwanda etc. Controversial and provocative - challenges existing views, opinions and statistics, including numbers of victims, and the notion that ethnic cleansing equals genocide. Critically examines and rejects a number of alleged past and recent genocides. Not just 20th century - looks at early mass murders. William D. Rubinstein's explores the meaning and history of genocide and discusses many misconceptions and exaggerations which are in the public consciousness today. Genocide includes a clear and convincing examination of the evolution of genocide and explores the differences between types of genocide throughout history. A sampling of the provocative points discussed include; the misconception that primitive societies were more 'humane' than those of the present day, when in fact they were far more murderous and genocidal, in general, than present society; the exaggeration of the number of victims of genocide; the lack of evidence that Nazis engaged in the genocide of homosexuals, that Europeans deliberately decimated the population of the Americas or that the Belgians killed half the population of the Congo. William D. Rubinstein is at the University of Aberystwyth and has written The Myth of Rescue: Why the Democracies Could Not Have Saved More Jews from the Nazis (Routledge, 1997) ...Continua Nascondi
This book certainly brought to attention a lot of genocides that have occurred or are still occurring around the world. It's a good summary of genocides that have happened. One of the best non-fiction books i have read.