Genocide

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Some view the systematic killing, rape, and destruction of homes in Darfur as a grave humanitarian crisis. For others, it’s a clear example of the ultimate crime against humanity — genocide. Who is right? What is genocide? Who are the endangered human beings in today’s world? What is the impact on humanity of wiping out entire groups of people? This thoughtful book helps young readers understand these and other difficult questions. Providing an overview of the history of genocide worldwide, the book explores the ...

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Genocide: A Groundwork Guide

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Overview

Some view the systematic killing, rape, and destruction of homes in Darfur as a grave humanitarian crisis. For others, it’s a clear example of the ultimate crime against humanity — genocide. Who is right? What is genocide? Who are the endangered human beings in today’s world? What is the impact on humanity of wiping out entire groups of people? This thoughtful book helps young readers understand these and other difficult questions. Providing an overview of the history of genocide worldwide, the book explores the paradox that while a person who murders another person can be tried and even executed for the crime, a person who murders hundreds or thousands of people usually goes free. Using case studies of acts of genocide throughout history, the book points out the unique character of each while at the same time establishing important links between them. Most importantly, the book answers the question, What can be done to prevent genocide from happening in the future?

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Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
This entry in the "Groundwork Guides" series documents the frustratingly slow progress in preventing and/or stopping these blatant violations of human rights. The author documents not only the history of genocide globally, but also the halting efforts to create a system of accountability for perpetrators. She explores how the definition of genocide has evolved in international understanding and the scholarship which identifies warning signs of impending crises. While this is a somewhat discouraging account of how selfish personal and national interests allow genocides to continue—Genocide Watch currently identifies twenty countries where genocidal behaviors are in progress—Springer also believes and encourages each and every one of us to be aware, speak up, and help stop these crimes. In these days of easy internet access, it is easy, given the will, to bring sufficient attention to situations so that governments are goaded to act. This is a very well-documented, issue-focused book with excellent source notes, bibliography of recommended reading, activism contacts, and index. This seems like an ideal level of information for high school or possibly advanced middle school students to take on for learning about aspects of history, racism, human rights, global awareness, and/or political activism.
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Gr 7 Up-These handy volumes address current topics that can be debated in government, history, and science classes. The first chapter frames the question and the remaining ones provide historical background, explanations, and possible solutions (note in Genocide that Wounded Knee took place in 1890, not 1891). The authors express strong viewpoints that are sure to jolt readers into ready agreement or opposition. Springer begins with "Today's Genocide" and a summary of what is happening in Darfur. Tanaka argues that global warming is affecting people across the globe, with worse yet to come. These concise, straightforward titles are important additions to all collections.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888996824
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Groundwork Guides
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 404,560
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    Highly Recommended. A serious subject written very well.

    Genocide by Jane Springer is a really good book about a very serious subject matter. Genocide is the killing and deliberate murder of a culture or a specific cultural group, and Jane Springer really addresses the subject very well. Purchase and read this book, and you will be enlightened about the subject.

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