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From the Publisher"This book is rigorous and robust and puts forth a compelling case... Shaw's idea of genocide as a form of warfare is rich,compelling and important."
Alex J. Bellamy, International Affairs
"Its contribution as a text that might be useful pedagogicallyis beyond question."
British Journal of Sociology
"Martin Shaw argues that genocide studies have mistakenlyfocused on the intentions of the perpetrators and the identities ofthe victims rather than on the structure of conflict situations. Hewants us to return closer to Raphael Lemkin s original definitionof genocide, which focused on attacks by the armed on the unarmed.Genocide, Shaw says, is a form of war directed against civilians.Whether we will all agree on how to define terms like 'genocide' or'ethnic cleansing', his book is a model of conceptual clarity andcogent argument, a valuable addition to the literature, greatlyassisting our understanding of genocide."
Michael Mann, University of California, LosAngeles
"By re-examining the sources of the genocide concept in thethought of its inventor, Raphael Lemkin, in light of classical andcontemporary social theory, Martin Shaw is able to correct thecumulative distortions in definition and analysis of earlierpractitioners of 'genocide studies', thereby making genocide aviable category with which to understand perhaps the mostdisturbing aspects of the past and present world. Scholars in thefield will welcome his intelligent discussion of the issues evenwhere they may differ in emphasis."
Dirk Moses, University of Sydney