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- DescriptionWhy did the twentieth century witness unprecedented organized gecide? Can we learn why gecide is perpetrated by comparing different cases of gecide? Is the Holocaust unique, or does it share causes and features with other cases of state-sponsored mass murder? Can gecide be prevented? Blending gripping narrative with trenchant analysis, Eric Weitz investigates four of the twentieth century's major eruptions of gecide: the Soviet Union under Stalin, Nazi Germany, Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, and the former Yugoslavia. Drawing on historical sources as well as trial records, memoirs, vels, and poems, Weitz explains the prevalence of gecide in the twentieth century--and shows how and why it became so systematic and deadly. Weitz depicts the searing brutality of each gecide and traces its origins back to those most powerful categories of the modern world: race and nation. He demonstrates how, in each of the cases, a strong state pursuing utopia promoted a particular mix of extreme national and racial ideologies. In moments of intense crisis, these states targeted certain national and racial groups, believing that only the annihilation of these enemies would enable the dominant group to flourish. And in each instance, large segments of the population were enticed to join in the often ritualistic actions that destroyed their neighbors. This book offers some of the most absorbing accounts ever written of the population purges forever associated with the names Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and Milosevic. A controversial and richly textured comparison of these four modern cases, it identifies the social and political forces that produce gecide.
- Author BiographyEric D. Weitz is Dean of Humanities and Arts and Distinguished Professor of History at the City College of New York. He is the author of Creating German Communism, 1890-1990: From Popular Protests to Socialist State and Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy (both Princeton).
- PrizesShortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2003.
- Author(s)Eric D. Weitz
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication05/05/2015
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Weight514 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edition StatementRevised & updated ed
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