A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good

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A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good is a unique study of humanity's most reprehensible actions. It documents genocides that have occurred after World War II—a period that was supposed to be the fulfillment of the promise "never again"—by providing biographies rather than extensive historical narratives.

The entries describe the personal backgrounds; careers; and relationship to genocidal events, humanitarian actions, or international ...

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Overview

A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good is a unique study of humanity's most reprehensible actions. It documents genocides that have occurred after World War II—a period that was supposed to be the fulfillment of the promise "never again"—by providing biographies rather than extensive historical narratives.

The entries describe the personal backgrounds; careers; and relationship to genocidal events, humanitarian actions, or international initiatives relevant to each person in the book. Beyond examining the genocidaires who played key roles in mass murder, individuals who contributed to efforts to stop genocide are also profiled. By adopting a biographical approach to post-World War II genocide, the author sheds light on why people behave the way they do toward their fellow human beings and provides vital insights into the extremes of human positivity and negativity that have characterized this period of history.

Serving as a vital tool for scholars and students of genocide as well as compelling reading for general audiences, the book highlights individual human behaviors, motivations, backgrounds, and intentions that can form a platform from which to raise and discuss issues of morality and ethics in the modern world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This encyclopedia presents a variety of key individuals to study with respect to genocidal acts. The succinct text offers a valuable starting point for further study as well as an informative read for those generally interested in the unfortunate subject matter."

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Library Journal

"Although many well-known personalities are covered, the inclusion of those who tried to prevent genocide provides readers with an added (and welcomed) dimension to genocide studies and is an admirable feature of this book. The thematic contents and references make it easier for those interested in further study within a specific area of interest. Educators looking for a summary of contemporary events could use the introduction with little modification. . . . This volume is a good starting point for researchers and is recommended for most libraries."

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Booklist

"This work is highly recommended for libraries serving high school students, undergraduates, and the general public."

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ARBA

"In this well-designed reference book, seasoned scholar of genocide Bartrop (Florida Gulf Coast Univ.) provides biographical profiles of 170 individuals who perpetrated, attempted to prevent, or were in some other significant way involved in selected atrocities since 1945. . . . This volume offers a wealth of accessible information for anyone interested in exploring the darkest episodes of the post-WW II era. Summing Up: Highly recommended."

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Library Journal
Bartrop (Holocaust and genocide studies, Richard Stockton Coll.; Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide; The Genocide Studies Reader; Dictionary of Genocide) studies post-Holocaust individuals who have been affected by genocide. He indicates that those profiled may be perpetrators, victims, or even bystanders, and offers a different take on the subject than is usually available. The introduction to the text outlines major events related to genocide from 1944 to the present day. Key individuals are highlighted and are discussed later in the biographical profiles. Entries offer basic facts and information about each subject, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions about the people and their actions. Black-and-white photographs appear throughout. Back matter includes a glossary of important terms and a time line. VERDICT This encyclopedia presents a variety of key individuals to study with respect to genocidal acts. The succinct text offers a valuable starting point for further study as well as an informative read for those generally interested in the unfortunate subject matter.—Annette Haldeman, Dept. of Legislative Svcs. Lib., Annapolis, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313386787
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Pages: 442
  • Sales rank: 801,065
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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