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As heirs of the Enlightenment, we in the West tend to view ourselves as humane, rational and reasonable. Genocides are atrocities that "others" commit, so revealing their backwardness and essential "otherness". Colin Tatz's study of genocide exposes this Enlightenment-based self-image as dangerous complacency - especially in its examination of colonial genocides (what "we", in Australia for example, got up to not so long ago) and the Holocaust (what some of "us" did within the lifetimes of many of us). A South African-Australian-Jew, Tatz provides a personal yet analytical and critical account of racism and anti-Semitism, and the termini to which such policies and practices have led in Germany, Turkey, South Africa and Australia. In so doing, he reveals how widespread is the (genocidal) propensity to resort to biological solutions to resolve social or political "problems". In addition, he raises general questions on the matter of denial - asking why, rather than what, denialists deny - and concludes with his reflections on many years of teaching about genocide.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781859845509
ISBN-10: 1859845509
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 165mm x 32mm)
Pages: 222
Imprint: Verso Books
Publisher: Verso Books
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Colin Tatz

Born and educated in South Africa, Colin Tatz emigrated to Australia in 1961. The author of fifteen books and holder of several prestigious academic posts, he is currently Director of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies based at the Shalom Institute, University of New South Wales.

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