Genocide, War, And Human Survival / Edition 1

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From the tragic workings of the Holocaust and Hiroshima to contemporary examples of genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda, this provocative collection of original essays examines the enduring impact of cataclysmic events on the modern human psyche. Inspired by the career of Robert Jay Lifton, the distinguished contributors use a wide range of disciplinary and methodological approaches to probe society, culture, and politics in the nuclear age and they explore the therapeutic value of artistic expression to witnesses and survivors of mass violence. The essays convey a message of hope by displaying the remarkable diversity of human responses to extreme adversity and by concluding that intellectuals and professionals have an abiding obligation to act responsibly in a world of violence and to provide healing images of transformation. Contributors: Paul Boyer, John M. Broughton, Harvey Cox, Wendy Doniger, Bonnie Dugger, Kai Erikson, Richard Falk, Michael Flynn, Eva Fogelman, John Fousek, Elinor Fuchs, Lane Gerber, Charles Green, Hillel Levine, John E. Mack, Karen Malpede, Eric Markusen, Saul Mendlovitz, Greg Mitchell, George L. Mosse, Ashis Nandy, Martin J. Sherwin, Victor W. Sidel, Bennett Simon, Charles B. Strozier, Steven M. Weine, Roger Williamson, Howard Zinn

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Editorial Reviews

While most of the essays are brief recapitulations of articles and books that have previously appeared, this might be the strength of the volume, making it perfect for classroom adoption. Many of its essays will undoubtedly provoke heated discussion.
Stanley Kunitz
A major contribution to our understanding of the catastrophic events that have traumatized this most violent of centuries, from Hiroshima and the Holocaust to the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and mass killing in Rwanda.
Bogdan Denitch
Indispensable reading for those who feel there are no dragons left that need slaying.
Rolf Ekeus
Each of these essays addresses problems of great moral and political significance... this collection will be most helpful to politicians, diplomats, military theorists, and journalists who must struggle toward new understandings of the dynamics of mass violence and war.
While most of the essays are brief recapitulations of articles and books that have previously appeared, this might be the strength of the volume, making it perfect for classroom adoption. Many of its essays will undoubtedly provoke heated discussion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847682270
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles B. Strozier is Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where he is also co-director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival.Michael Flynn is lecturer of psychology at York College, the City University of New York, and associate director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival.

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Table of Contents

1 Hiroshima and the Politics of History 3
2 Hiroshima: The First Response 21
3 Hiroshima and the Silence of Poetry 31
4 Life after Death in Life 41
5 On Pseudospeciation and Social Speciation 51
6 To Prevent or to Stop Mass Murder 59
7 Genocide and Warfare 75
8 Victims, Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Rescuers in the Face of Genocide and Its Aftermath 87
9 In Pursuit of Sugihara: The Banality of Good 99
10 Genocide, Victimization, and America's Inner Cities 111
11 Meeting the Challenge of Genocide in Bosnia: Reconciling Moral Imperatives with Political Constraints 125
12 The Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide 137
13 Saving Bosnia (and Ourselves) 153
14 Manliness and the Great War 165
15 U.S. over Iraq: High Technology and Low Culture in the Gulf Conflict 177
16 Physicians and Nuclear War 193
17 Development and Violence 207
18 Tolstoi's Revenge: The Violence of Indian Non-Violence 219
19 Thoughts on a Theater of Witness and Excerpts from Two Plays of Witness: Better People, The Beekeeper's Daughter 231
20 Artists Witnessing "Ethnic Cleansing" 243
21 Religion and Violence 257
22 Back from the Abyss: Symbolic Immortality, Faith, and Human Survival 269
23 Can There be a Psychoanalysis Without a Political Analysis? 283
24 We Must Hear Each Other's Cry: Lessons from Pol Pot Survivors 297
25 History, Objectivity, Commitment 307
26 Exposing the Killing System: Robert Jay Lifton as Witness 319
Index 327
About the Contributors 339
About the Editors 343
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