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By Eric D. Weitz

Why did the 20 th century witness remarkable equipped genocide? do we examine why genocide is perpetrated via evaluating varied instances of genocide? Is the Holocaust distinct, or does it proportion explanations and contours 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 lower than Stalin, Nazi Germany, Cambodia less than the Khmer Rouge, and the previous Yugoslavia. Drawing on historic resources 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 state. He demonstrates how, in all the instances, a robust country pursuing utopia promoted a specific mixture of severe nationwide and racial ideologies. In moments of excessive predicament, those states unique convinced nationwide and racial teams, believing that merely the annihilation of those "enemies" might permit the dominant crew 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 bargains the most soaking up debts ever written of the inhabitants purges perpetually linked to the names Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and Milosevic. A debatable and richly textured comparability of those 4 sleek circumstances, it identifies the social and political forces that produce genocide.

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