Raphael Lemkin and the Struggle for the Genocide Convention

Raphael Lemkin and the Struggle for the Genocide Convention

by John Cooper
     
 

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This is the first comprehensive biography of Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959), the man who invented the word 'genocide' and campaigned relentlessly for the United Nations Genocide Convention. Using Lemkin's own papers as well as other sources, it contextualizes his career and shows how his ideas were formed in the midst of ethnic strife in Eastern Europe and as a member of… See more details below

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This is the first comprehensive biography of Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959), the man who invented the word 'genocide' and campaigned relentlessly for the United Nations Genocide Convention. Using Lemkin's own papers as well as other sources, it contextualizes his career and shows how his ideas were formed in the midst of ethnic strife in Eastern Europe and as a member of the international law circuit. The book focuses on the genocide convention campaign orchestrated by Lemkin and deals with both its supporters and its enemies, in particular the British government. While Lemkin drew attention to the need to preserve diverse cultures, both in his campaigning and in his historical writing, the Western powers amended the convention so that it became an instrument solely for preventing physical genocide. The book also covers Lemkin's pioneering historical research on genocide, presenting a number of studies, particularly of colonial genocide.

About the Author:
John Cooper studied History at Balliol College, Oxford, UK

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137427373
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/08/2015
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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