By Eric D. Weitz
Why did the 20 th century witness unparalleled prepared genocide? will we study why genocide is perpetrated by way of evaluating diversified instances of genocide? Is the Holocaust specific, or does it proportion factors 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 20 th century's significant eruptions of genocide: the Soviet Union lower than Stalin, Nazi Germany, Cambodia less than the Khmer Rouge, and the previous Yugoslavia. Drawing on historic assets 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 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 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 trouble, those states precise convinced nationwide and racial teams, believing that merely the annihilation of those "enemies" could allow the dominant staff to flourish. And in every one example, huge segments of the inhabitants have been enticed to affix within the usually ritualistic activities that destroyed their neighbors.
This booklet deals probably the most soaking up bills ever written of the inhabitants purges endlessly linked to the names Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and Milosevic. A debatable and richly textured comparability of those 4 smooth instances, it identifies the social and political forces that produce genocide.