Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Social Science - 724 pages
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For thirty years Ben Kiernan has been deeply involved in the study of genocide and crimes against humanity. He has played a key role in unearthing confidential documentation of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. His writings have transformed our understanding not only of twentieth-century Cambodia but also of the historical phenomenon of genocide. This new book—the first global history of genocide and extermination from ancient times—is among his most important achievements.

 

Kiernan examines outbreaks of mass violence from the classical era to the present, focusing on worldwide colonial exterminations and twentieth-century case studies including the Armenian genocide, the Nazi Holocaust, Stalin’s mass murders, and the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides. He identifies connections, patterns, and features that in nearly every case gave early warning of the catastrophe to come: racism or religious prejudice, territorial expansionism, and cults of antiquity and agrarianism. The ideologies that have motivated perpetrators of mass killings in the past persist in our new century, says Kiernan. He urges that we heed the rich historical evidence with its telltale signs for predicting and preventing future genocides.

  

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Review: Blood And Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur

User Review  - Piet Boels - Goodreads

Started reading this book after a reference in Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of our Nature (978-0141034645). I even postponed finishing the latter read for this book. It is a well researhed book ... Read full review

Review: Blood And Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur

User Review  - anna - Goodreads

Even though this was a really dry and at times laborious read, it was a great introduction to the history of some countries that were relatively unfamiliar to me, although the ones that were familiar ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Early Imperial Expansion
41
Classical Genocide and Early Modern Memory
43
The Spanish Conquest of the New World 14921600
72
Guns and Genocide in East Asia 14001600
101
Genocidal Massacres in Early Modern Southeast Asia
133
Settler Colonialism
163
Introductory Note
165
Settler Genocides in Africa 18301910
364
TwentiethCentury Genocides
391
Introductory Note
393
The Armenian Genocide National Chauvinism in the Waning Ottoman Empire
395
Blut und Boden Germany and Nazi Genocide
416
Rice Race and Empire Japan and East Asia
454
Soviet Terror and Agriculture
485
Maoism in China A Rural Model of Revolutionary Violence
511

The English Conquest of Ireland 15651603
169
Colonial North America 16001776
213
Genocidal Violence in NineteenthCentury Australia
249
Genocide in the United States
310
From the Mekong to the Nile Genocide in Cambodia and Rwanda
538
Notes
606
Acknowledgments
697
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Ben Kiernan is the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History, professor of international and area studies, and the founding director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University (www.yale.edu/gsp). His previous books include How Pol Pot Came to Power: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Communism in Cambodia, 1930–1975 and The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power, and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979, published by Yale University Press.

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