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- DescriptionNow available for the first time in paperback, Ordinary People as Mass Murderers offers a series of essays that explore one of the most fundamental and widely-discussed questions confronted by humanity: how do 'ordinary' people come to participate in mass murder? Recent scholarship has presented a complex and heterogeneous picture of ordinary perpetrators and shows that age group, gender, or social, ethnic, religious or educational cohort is exempt from feeding the ranks of mass murderers. This book brings together a mix of established and younger experts to provide a unique and up-to-date overview of the current state of research, much of it previously unpublished in English. Nine contributions and an introduction combine to present complex findings in an accessible format, approaching the topic from a variety of perspectives (history, gender, sociology, psychology, law, comparative gecide) and addressing a number of hitherto unresolved questions. Together they show that our kwledge has moved on considerably since Christopher Browning's path-breaking Ordinary Men (1992) and they add significant new impetus to contemporary efforts at understanding different forms of gecide.
- Author BiographyOlaf Jensen was born in Hamburg and studied in Hanover. He is Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies at the University of Leicester. His research has focused on National Socialism and the Holocaust, particularly on the impact of memory on contemporary German society. He has published widely on these topics, most importantly, Geschichte machen. Strukturmerkmale des intergenerationellen Sprechens uber die NS-Vergangenheit in deutschen Familien (2004). Chris Szejnmann was born in Munich, studied in London, and is Professor of Modern History at Loughborough University. His major publications are Nazism in Central Germany: The Brownshirts in 'Red' Saxony (1999), Vom Traum zum Alptraum. Sachsen wahrend der Weimarer Republik (2000), and (co-editor), How the Holocaust Looks Now. International Perspectives (2007). He is currently writing Contesting the Rise of the Nazis (2009); and Nazism in Germany: A Comparative Regional History (2011).
- PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
- Date of Publication17/01/2014
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleThe Holocaust and Its Contexts
- Place of PublicationBasingstoke
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2008
- ImprintPalgrave Macmillan
- Content Note5 black & white illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Edited byClaus-Christian W. Szejnmann,Olaf Jensen
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