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

By Eric D. Weitz

Why did the 20 th century witness remarkable equipped genocide? do we study why genocide is perpetrated by means of evaluating diverse situations of genocide? Is the Holocaust distinctive, or does it proportion reasons and lines with different circumstances 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 below the Khmer Rouge, and the previous Yugoslavia. Drawing on old resources 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 strains its origins again to these strongest different types of the trendy global: race and country. He demonstrates how, in all the instances, a robust nation pursuing utopia promoted a selected mixture of severe nationwide and racial ideologies. In moments of excessive drawback, those states special sure nationwide and racial teams, believing that purely the annihilation of those "enemies" might let 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 ebook bargains essentially the most soaking up bills ever written of the inhabitants purges perpetually 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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