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

By Eric D. Weitz

Why did the 20 th century witness unparalleled prepared genocide? do we research why genocide is perpetrated by way of evaluating diverse circumstances of genocide? Is the Holocaust distinct, or does it proportion explanations and contours with different instances of state-sponsored mass homicide? Can genocide be prevented?

Blending gripping narrative with trenchant research, Eric Weitz investigates 4 of the 20 th 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 files, 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 the instances, a powerful nation pursuing utopia promoted a selected mixture of severe nationwide and racial ideologies. In moments of extreme situation, those states designated yes nationwide and racial teams, believing that in simple terms the annihilation of those "enemies" may permit the dominant staff to flourish. And in every one example, huge segments of the inhabitants have been enticed to hitch within the frequently ritualistic activities that destroyed their neighbors.

This publication deals the most soaking up money owed 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 sleek instances, it identifies the social and political forces that produce genocide.

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