Why Not Kill Them All?: The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder (New in Paper)

Why Not Kill Them All?: The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder (New in Paper)

by Daniel Chirot
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691145946

ISBN-13: 9780691145945

Pub. Date: 07/26/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

What dark impulses can justify the eradication of thousands or even millions of unarmed people? This question lies at the heart of Why Not Kill Them All? In it, Daniel Chirot and Clark McCauley not only explore the motives and psychological underpinnings of genocide, but also offer historical and comparative context.

Rather than suggesting that such horrific acts

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Overview

What dark impulses can justify the eradication of thousands or even millions of unarmed people? This question lies at the heart of Why Not Kill Them All? In it, Daniel Chirot and Clark McCauley not only explore the motives and psychological underpinnings of genocide, but also offer historical and comparative context.

Rather than suggesting that such horrific acts are the product of disturbed minds, the authors emphasize the normality of genocide: killing by category has occurred on every continent and in every century. But throughout history, human societies have also developed techniques aimed at limiting intergroup violence. Might we, through studying these grisly episodes from our past, prevent future tragedies?

In a new preface, the authors discuss recent mass violence and reaffirm the importance of education and understanding in the prevention of future genocides.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691145945
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/26/2010
Edition description:
With a New preface by the authors
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
394,072
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: Are we Killers or Peacemakers? 1

Chapter 1 Why Genocides? Are they Different Now than in the Past? 11

The Four Main Motives Leading to Mass Political Murder 19

Are Modern Genocides and Ethnic Cleansings Different? Retribalization and the Modern State 45

Chapter 2 The Psychological Foundations of Genocidal Killing 51

How to Get Ordinary People to Become Butchers 52

Organization 57

Emotional Appeals: Leaders and Followers 58

Essentializing Others 81

The Dangerous Similar Others 87

The Conditions of Genocide 90

Chapter 3 Why is Limited Warfare More Common than Genocide? 95

Weighing the Costs of Genocidal Conflicts 97

Limiting the Damage of Warfare 99

Exogamy: Making the Enemy Part of the Family 103

Establishing Codes of Warfare and Exchange to Limit Violence 111

Are Rules of Exogamy, Codes of Honor, and Potlatching Still Relevant? 116

The Mercantile Compulsion 121

Morality and Modesty: Rejecting Certitude 134

Yearning for Solutions 147

Chapter 4 Strategies to Decrease the Chances of Mass Political Murder in Our Time 149

State Policies that Reduce Hostility between Groups 155

Limiting Demands for Justice and Revenge 180

Modest Solutions and Small-Scale Changes to Promote Tolerance 187

The Crucial Role of States in Promoting Peaceful Exchanges 199

Individual Rights and Pluralist Histories 203

Conclusion: Our Question Answered 211

References 219

Index 249

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