Blood and Soil
Modern Genocide 1500-2000
By (author) Ben Kiernan
Blood and Soil by Ben Kiernan
Book DescriptionFor 30 years Ben Kiernan has been deeply involved in the study of genocide and crimes against humanity. He has played a key role in unearthing confidential documentation of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. His writings have transformed our understanding not only of 20th-century Cambodia but also of the historical phenomenon of genocide. This new book - the first global history of genocide and extermination from ancient times - is among his most important achievements. Kiernan examines outbreaks of mass violence from the classical era to the present, focusing on worldwide colonial exterminations and twentieth-century case studies including the Armenian genocide, the Nazi Holocaust, Stalin's mass murders, and the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides. He identifies connections, patterns, and features that in nearly every case gave early warning of the catastrophe to come: racism or religious prejudice, territorial expansionism, and cults of antiquity and agrarianism. The ideologies that have motivated perpetrators of mass killings in the past persist in our new century, says Kiernan. He urges that we heed the rich historical evidence with its telltale signs for predicting and preventing future genocides.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780522854770
(234mm x 164mm x 53mm)
Imprint: Melbourne University Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Ben Kiernan
Blood and Soil, Paperback (March 2009)
Presents the global history of genocide and extermination from ancient times. This book examines outbreaks of mass violence from the classical era to the present, focusing on colonial exterminations and 20th-century case studies including the Armenian genocide, the Nazi Holocaust, Stalin's mass murders, and the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides.
Pol Pot Regime, Paperback (July 2008)
Offering an account of the Cambodian revolution and genocide, this book includes a preface that takes the story up to 2008 and the UN-sponsored Khmer Rouge tribunal.
How Pol Pot Came to Power, Paperback (September 2004)» View all books by Ben Kiernan
How did Pol Pot, a tyrant comparable to Hitler and Stalin in his brutality and contempt for human life, rise to power? This book explores what happened in Cambodia from 1930 to 1975, tracing the origins and trajectory of the Cambodian Communist movement and the ascension of Pol Pot's genocidal regime. Updated with new preface.
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