Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur

Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur

by Ben Kiernan, B. Kiernan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300144253

ISBN-13: 9780300144253

Pub. Date: 02/17/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

For thirty years Ben Kiernan has been deeply involved in the study of genocide and crimes against humanity. He has played a key role in unearthing confidential documentation of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. His writings have transformed our understanding not only of twentieth-century Cambodia but also of the historical phenomenon of genocide. This

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For thirty years Ben Kiernan has been deeply involved in the study of genocide and crimes against humanity. He has played a key role in unearthing confidential documentation of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. His writings have transformed our understanding not only of twentieth-century Cambodia but also of the historical phenomenon of genocide. This new book—the first global history of genocide and extermination from ancient times—is among his most important achievements.

Kiernan examines outbreaks of mass violence from the classical era to the present, focusing on worldwide colonial exterminations and twentieth-century case studies including the Armenian genocide, the Nazi Holocaust, Stalin’s mass murders, and the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides. He identifies connections, patterns, and features that in nearly every case gave early warning of the catastrophe to come: racism or religious prejudice, territorial expansionism, and cults of antiquity and agrarianism. The ideologies that have motivated perpetrators of mass killings in the past persist in our new century, says Kiernan. He urges that we heed the rich historical evidence with its telltale signs for predicting and preventing future genocides.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300144253
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
768
Sales rank:
795,573
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Maps     ix
Introduction     1
Early Imperial Expansion
Classical Genocide and Early Modern Memory     43
The Spanish Conquest of the New World, 1492-1600     72
Guns and Genocide in East Asia, 1400-1600     101
Genocidal Massacres in Early Modern Southeast Asia     133
Settler Colonialism
Introductory Note     165
The English Conquest of Ireland, 1565-1603     169
Colonial North America, 1600-1776     213
Genocidal Violence in Nineteenth-Century Australia     249
Genocide in the United States     310
Settler Genocides in Africa, 1830-1910     364
Twentieth-Century Genocides
Introductory Note     393
The Armenian Genocide: National Chauvinism in the Waning Ottoman Empire     395
Blut und Boden: Germany and Nazi Genocide     416
Rice, Race, and Empire: Japan and East Asia     455
Soviet Terror and Agriculture     486
Maoism in China: A Rural Model of Revolutionary Violence     512
From the Mekong to the Nile: Genocide in Cambodia and Rwanda     539
Epilogue: Racial and Religious Slaughter from Bangladesh to Baghdad     571
Notes     607
Acknowledgments     698
Index     701

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