Genocide; The Systematic Killing of a People

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Gr 7 Up-In 10 short chapters written with relatively easy vocabulary and comprehension level, Altman looks at specific instances of genocide, beginning with the Holocaust, and then goes on to describe less familiar examples throughout history. In so doing, she opens readers' minds to forms of genocide that are often only subconsciously acknowledged, e.g., starvation, introduction of fatal disease, exhaustion, exposure, etc. The book cites examples from the ancient Assyrians to contemporary situations as recent as Somalia and Bosnia. Black-and-white captioned photos heighten students' awareness of the horrors of genocide. Chapter notes give sources, and there is a lengthy bibliography. Samuel Totten and Milton Kleg's Human Rights (Enslow, 1988; o.p.) covers much of the same material in a chapter titled ``Genocide'' and in an appended listing of some of the genocidal acts that have occurred in this century. Altman's book will be more useful to students doing reports specifically on this subject.-Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High, Brockton, MA
Hazel Rochman
A direct, compelling world history of genocide is offered in this volume of the Issues in Focus series. Altman writes without sensationalism about atrocity committed in the name of "God, Country, or National Security." She devotes a chapter each to the war against the Native Americans, the Armenian massacre, the Soviet genocide in the Ukraine, the Holocaust of the Jews, Hitler's "other" victims, the killing fields of Cambodia, and contemporary ethnic warfare, from Bosnia to Rwanda. Occasional black-and-white photographs bear eloquent witness to the quiet, terrible narrative. Without rhetoric, the historical connections make the crucial point that racism everywhere uses the same kind of stereotypes for the "Other". Teachers and librarians will find this valuable material for group discussion about the ongoing apartheid between Them and Us, about how ordinary people can hate and kill and choose not to know. Final chapter notes and a long bibliography will lead young adults to read further on their own.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894906640
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Issues in Focus Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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