Raphael Lemkin and the Struggle for the Genocide Convention

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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 ...
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Overview

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: 1/8/2015
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Cooper studied History at Balliol College, Oxford, UK, and was in private legal practice until his retirement. His publications include Eat and be Satisfied: A Social History of Jewish Food and Pride Versus Prejudice: Jewish Doctors and Lawyers in England, 1890-1990.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vi
Introduction     1
Formative Years in Poland     6
Escape from Poland     26
Early Years in the United States     40
The Publication of His Master Work and the Nuremberg Tribunal     56
The United Nations Resolution on Genocide     76
1947, The First Draft of the Convention     88
Private Life     111
Yale and Geneva     119
Paris, Preliminary Discussion of the Convention     143
The First Reading of the Convention     151
The Convention is Adopted     164
The International Campaign for Ratification of the Convention     173
The United States Senate and the Convention     189
The Genocide Convention: Its Supporters and Enemies     209
The History of Genocide     230
The History of Genocide: Case Studies     243
Closing Years     260
Conclusion     272
Appendix     280
Notes     283
Bibliography     327
Index     331
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