History and Sociology of Genocide: Analyses and Case Studies

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History and Sociology of Genocide: Analyses and Case Studies

Chalk, Frank, and Jonassohn, Kurt.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990, 624 pages. ISBN 0300044461.

"In our approach to the study of genocide, a clear definition of the term allows use to collect cases of "a form of one-sided killing" and to exclude those cases that do not fit this definition..."

Genocide is not an invention of the twentieth century, say Frank Chalk and Kurt Jonassohn in this absorbing book, but has occurred throughout history in all parts of the world. This study--the first comprehensive survey of the history and sociology of genocide--presents over two dozen examples of the one-sided mass slaughter of peoples, spanning the centuries from antiquity to the present.

Sample Chapters:

  • Genocide: Origins of a Concept
  • Some Preconditions for Genocide
  • The Definition of Genocide
  • The Historical Dimensions of the Armenian Question, 1878-1923, Richard Hovannisian
  • Provocation or Nationalism? Robert Melson
  • The United States Ratifies to Genocide Convention, Leo Kuper