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Genocide Studies is one of the fastest-growing fields in the social sciences, attracting students from a wide range of disciplines (including history, sociology, political science, philosophy, law, anthropology, and cultural studies). The Historiography of Genocide is the first book to offer an overview of the discipline as a whole, in original essays specially commissioned for this book, leading scholars in their fields offer indispensable analyses of complex themes, approaches and explanation, drawn from literatures that, for linguistic and other reasons, are often obscure or inaccessible. Tracing the emergence of genocide studies, analyzing its central concepts, methods and research themes, and providing detailed guides to the rich and varied historiographies of many cases of genocide, this book is an invaluable guide to the literature.

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Taken as a survey of existing knowledge and our attempts to understand, it provides essential reference points for scholars and guides for students.  As a whole, the volume is more comprehensive than any of the major single-authored works which have appeared in recent years; it achieves its goal of providing a guide to the literature as well as to the historical record.  Second, the book enables us to evaluate the state of genocide historiography and studies. It shows us the deep contradictions between we may call the “old” genocide studies and the new approaches, which themselves face formidable challenges in developing coherent historical interpretations. -- Martin Shaw, Journal of Genocide Research

This excellent book represents a substantial achievement by the editor.  The individual essays are generally well-balanced and informative without being unnecessarily formulaic.  They go beyond the remit of the title to actually offer new syntheses of the events as well as worthwhile assessments of existing interpretative literature. On the whole, this collection offers excellent value for teachers and scholars.  Professor Stone has built on the strong foundations laid in his earlier edited work on the Historiography of the Holocaust, which also offered a mixture of interpretation and synthesis. -- Cathie Carmichael, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies

"This volume is an absolutely essential addition to any university library collection... Readers hoping to acquire a one-volume introduction to the dynamic field of genocide studies should read this book first." —CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230279551
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

DAN STONE is Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He has published widely on interpretations of the Holocaust, comparative genocide, history of anthropology, the cultural politics of the right, and philosophy of history. His books include History, Memory and Mass Atrocity: Essays on the Holocaust and Genocide (2006) and Hannah Arendt and the Uses of History (2007, co-edited with Richard H. King).

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Table of Contents

List of Charts vii

List of Tables viii

Notes on the Contributors ix

Introduction Dan Stone 1

I Concepts 7

1 Defining Genocide Ann Curthoys John Docker 9

2 Problems in Comparative Genocide Scholarship Anton Weiss-Wendt 42

3 Conceptions of Genocide and Perceptions of History David Moshman 71

4 Collective Violence and the Shifting Categories of Communal Riots, Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide Veena Das 93

5 Cultural Genocide in Australia Robert van Krieken 128

6 Genocide and Modernity A. Dirk Moses 156

7 Religion and Genocide: A Historiographical Survey Doris L. Bergen 194

8 Gender and Genocide Adam Jones 228

9 Prosecuting Genocide William A. Schabas 253

II Case Studies 271

10 Genocide in the Americas Alfred A. Cave 273

11 Decent Disposal; Australian Historians and the Recovery of Genocide Tony Barta 296

12 Colonial Genocide: The Herero and Nama War (1904-8) in German South West Africa and Its Significance Jürgen Zimmerer 323

13 The Armenian Genocide Donald Bloxham Fatma Müge Gö çek 344

14 The Holocaust and Its Historiography Dan Stone 373

15 The Crimes of the Stalin Regime: Outline for an Inventory and Classification Nicolas Werth 400

16 The 1947 Partition of India Ian Talbot 420

17 Mao's China: The Worst Non-Genocidal Regime? Jean-Louis Margolin 438

18 Documentation Delayed, Justice Denied: The Historiography of the Cambodian Genocide Ben Kieman 468

19 Mass Killings and Images of Genocide in Bosnia, 1941-5 and 1992-5 Robert M. Hayden 487

20 The Historiography of the Rwandan Genocide Scott Straus 517

21 ¡Si Hubo Genocidio en Guatemala! Yes! There Was Genocide in Guatemala Victoria Sanford 543

22 Genocides of Indigenous Peoples Robert K. Hitchcock Thomas E. Koperski 577

Index 618

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