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Overview

Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction is the most wide-ranging textbook on genocide yet published. The book is designed as a text for upper-undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a primer for non-specialists and general readers interested in learning about one of humanity’s enduring blights.

Fully updated to reflect the latest thinking in this rapidly developing field, this new edition:

  • provides an introduction to genocide as both a historical phenomenon and an analytical-legal concept, including an extended discussion of the concept of genocidal intent, and the dynamism and contingency of genocidal processes
  • discusses the role of state-building, imperialism, war, and social revolution in fueling genocide
  • supplies a wide range of full-length case studies of genocides worldwide, each with an accompanying box-text
  • explores perspectives on genocide from the social sciences, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science/international relations, and gender studies
  • considers "The Future of Genocide," with attention to historical memory and genocide denial; initiatives for truth, justice, and redress; and strategies of intervention and prevention.

Written in clear and lively prose, liberally sprinkled with over 100 illustrations and maps, and including personal testimonies from genocide survivors, Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction has established itself as the core textbook of the new generation of genocide scholarship. An accompanying website (www.genocidetext.net) features a broad selection of supplementary materials, teaching aids, and Internet resources.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Based on immense scholarship, Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction is much more than an indispensable text for students of this seemingly intractable phenomenon. With its global and interdisciplinary perspectives, it consistently advances our understanding of genocidal events on many fronts. Provocative yet balanced, Adam Jones’s second edition at once summarizes and defines this burgeoning field."

A. Dirk Moses, University of Sydney and the European University Institute, Florence

Already the most wide-ranging, accessible and clear-sighted introduction to the subject, the significantly expanded 2nd edition unflinchingly extends the range of its discussion to include contentious issues such as 'cultural' genocide, whether post 9/11 terrorism falls under the rubric, and the wider scope of Ottoman violence against Christian 'minorities' in 1915. Compassionate, searching, up-to-the minute and sometimes even electrifying in its prose this is the book I will be particularly recommending to my university students of genocide.

Mark Levene, University of Southampton, UK

Reviews for 1st edition:

With its interdisciplinary approach and bevy of case studies, 'Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction' will surely become the seminal text for students of genocide. Written in an engaging and conversational style, the book not only explores existing frameworks, but expands the boundaries of genocide studies with attention to issues such as gender and the future of genocide. Perhaps best of all, Jones educates and inspires the reader to become an active and responsible global citizen.

Nicholas A. Robins, Duke University, USA

This is the best introductory text available to students of genocide studies. Written in clear, elegant prose and supported by a wealth of authoritative sources, GENOCIDE: A COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION is likely to become the gold standard by which all subsequent introductions to this enormously important subject will be measured

Kenneth J. Campbell, Professor of Political Science, University of Delaware, USA

This wide-ranging inquest into the dynamics of genocidal violence stands as a major contribution to the dismal science of 'massacrology.' More than a collection of case studies, it offers a depth of critical insight and a richness of data seldom matched in comparative studies of genocide. Informed by a formidable erudition, and a deep personal sensitivity to the horrors that he describes, Adam Jones's splendid book is a milestone in the literature on mass crimes and genocide.

Rene Lemarchand, Department of Political Science, University of Florida, USA

The subtitle says it all: unique in the literature, this book provides a thorough, comprehensive introduction to the subject of genocide. Jones, a Yale political scientist and genocide scholar, delivers a very readable, intellectually stimulating text. The overall perspective is interdisciplinary. Relevant research and insights from psychology, sociology, and anthropology are included; maps and illustrations complement many of the examples and case studies. A Web site http://www.genocidetext.net supplements the book. The historical coverage ranges from discussions of genocide in the Hebrew Bible to contemporary abominations in Sudan's Darfur region. Commendably, there are thoughtful chapters on the significance of gender, memory and denial, and postgenocide tribunals. The book concludes with strategies to anticipate future genocides and intervene when necessary. Readers are encouraged as responsible citizens to consider their reactions to genocide. Summing Up: Essential. All readership levels.

P. G. Conway, SUNY College at Oneonta, Choice - Reviews Online

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415486194
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 680
  • Sales rank: 678,969
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Jones, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna, Canada. His recent books include Gender Inclusive: Essays on Violence, Men, and Feminist International Relations (Routledge, 2009) and Crimes Against Humanity: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld, 2008). He is co-founder and executive director of Gendercide Watch (www.gendercide.org).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Overview 1
1 The origins of genocide 3
2 Imperialism, war, and social revolution 39
Pt. 2 Cases 65
3 Genocides of indigenous peoples 67
4 The Armenian genocide 101
5 Stalin's terror 124
6 The Jewish Holocaust 147
7 Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge 185
8 Bosnia and Kosovo 212
9 Holocaust in Rwanda 232
Pt. 3 Social science perspectives 259
10 Psychological perspectives 261
11 The sociology and anthropology of genocide 288
12 Political science and international relations 307
13 Gendering genocide 325
Pt. 4 The future of genocide 343
14 Memory, forgetting, and denial 345
15 Justice, truth, and redress 362
16 Strategies of intervention and prevention 388
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    While the content of the book was great, the structure of it is

    While the content of the book was great, the structure of it is awful.  I bought this book brand new and pages are falling out.

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