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

Violence In Society

By Eric D. Weitz

Why did the 20th century witness remarkable prepared genocide? do we examine why genocide is perpetrated by way of evaluating diversified situations of genocide? Is the Holocaust targeted, or does it proportion motives 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 less than Stalin, Nazi Germany, Cambodia lower than the Khmer Rouge, and the previous Yugoslavia. Drawing on ancient assets in addition to trial files, memoirs, novels, and poems, Weitz explains the superiority of genocide within the 20th century--and exhibits 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 fashionable international: race and kingdom. He demonstrates how, in all the circumstances, a robust country pursuing utopia promoted a selected mixture of severe nationwide and racial ideologies. In moments of extreme main issue, those states detailed convinced nationwide and racial teams, believing that purely the annihilation of those "enemies" could allow the dominant workforce to flourish. And in each one example, huge segments of the inhabitants have been enticed to affix within the usually ritualistic activities that destroyed their neighbors.

This publication bargains one of the most soaking up debts ever written of the inhabitants purges eternally linked to the names Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and Milosevic. A arguable and richly textured comparability of those 4 smooth instances, it identifies the social and political forces that produce genocide.

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