This chapter gets us into the Darfur situation, as well as other potential genocides, and shows the importance of genocide early warning systems in the modern world. The chapter on East Timor covers events between andbut the response to those events is very much an live issue.
I would not call this a "go-to" book for all things relating to each episode of genocide, such as the government policies or social atmosphere that made them possible. If you already have some background with cases like Armenia, the Holocaust, Burundi, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Cambodia, then this might only supplement your knowledge rather than expand upon it.
A general chapter on the physical and cultural genocide of indigenous peoples is the most timely in the volume, since it deals with events which are underway even at this very moment, around the world.
The introduction by Samuel Totten and William Parsons integrates the ideas and concepts developed in the foreword and goes on to set out the parameters for the discussion in the rest of the text. I used it in my "Politics of Genocide" course my senior year of college, and it was most helpful.
The author does an excellent job at detailing the major and minor genocides of the 20th century in a very concise way. View freely available titles: Parsons, and Israel Charny.
The foreword by Israel Charny makes a sensitive and passionate statement about genocide and its implications for many groups beyond the survivors of various genocides. There is, of course, a chapter on the Holocaust of the Jews, but Century of Genocide also includes chapters on the less well known Holocaust of the Gypsies and the slaughter of the disabled and handicapped in the Nazi eugenics program.
For any one interested in providing their students with a comprehensive understanding of genocide in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, this book is an excellent resource. Each of the chapters has two parts: The introduction examines how the strength of our responses to atrocity vary with our distance from the victims, and canvasses the practical problem of how to prevent future genocides.
In this single text, the reader can move from the genocide against the Hereros in Southwest Africa to discussions of the Armenians; the Ukrainians and genocide in the former Soviet Union; the targeting of Jews, Gypsies, and disabled people during the Shoah; the Tutsis in Rwanda and Hutus in Burundi; the Cambodians; massacres and genocide in Indonesia and East Timor; genocide against Kurds in Iraq and Sudanese Muslims in Darfur; and genocides perpetrated against various indigenous peoples.
Genocidal events are a common target for those who would deny or twist history to their own ends, so a widely accessible, scholarly study of them is an important resource.
There are also chapters on the Soviet-created famine in the Ukraine in in which millions died and the Soviet deportations of entire ethnic groups during World War II, acts which were genocidal in implication if not intention. The chapter on the Cambodian genocide by Ben Kiernan is one of the few to enter into historiographical debates, devoting a fair bit of space to controversies between figures such as Shawcross and Pilger.
It refrains from abstract theorising about definitions and the chapters mostly follow suit, making Century of Genocide refreshingly free from academic jargon. Century of Genocide is one book that really should be on the shelves of every library — and read by everyone concerned with the darkest parts of twentieth century history.
Though half a million people may have been killed in the suppression of the communist party in Indonesia inthe event is rarely described as genocidal. Edelman, review of Century of Genocide: In seventeen chapters and an introduction, the answer is clearly No.
You are not currently authenticated. The introduction by Samuel Totten and William Parsons integrates the ideas and concepts developed in the foreword and goes on to set out the parameters for the discussion in the rest of the text.
This is a profound question, as is the answer. Chapters 16 and 17, though, offer students of genocide critically important insights; these two chapters make this edition a must for anyone teaching or learning about genocide.
Chapters 16 and 17, though, offer students of genocide critically important insights; these two chapters make this edition a must for anyone teaching or learning about genocide. They also provide an emotional and affective complement without which the scholarly essays might seem lacking.
With that, I found this enjoyable and admittedly fun to read.
He shows us the structural problems, as well as the This is a profound question, as is the answer. The critical essays that begin each chapter provide the context for the genocide, while the second part of each chapter comprises a compendium of eyewitness accounts relating to the specific genocide under discussion.
Additional Information In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The critical essays that begin each chapter provide the context for the genocide, while the second part of each chapter comprises a compendium of eyewitness accounts relating to the specific genocide under discussion.A collection of essays written by experts on genocides of the 20th century.
Each section describes historical preconditions to the genocide, provides descriptions of who was responsible, who was victimized, and what the outcomes of the genocide was/5. Mennecke’s discussion Samuel M. Edelman, review of Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts edited by Samuel Totten, William S.
Parsons, and Israel Charny. Genocide Studies and Prevention 2, 2 (August ): – Century of Genocide is a survey of genocide in the twentieth century.
It contains fourteen chapters, by specialists, on a broad range of events, including some not usually labelled as genocide (some chapters in fact avoid the term completely). Samuel M. Edelman, review of Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts edited by Samuel Totten, William S.
Parsons, and Israel Charny. Genocide Studies and Prevention 2, 2 (August ): –.
reviews: century of genocide, genocide in the twentieth century: critical essays and eyewitness accounts is a fitting title for this collection, since genocide is one of the salient, dominating features of the twentieth century. The fourth edition of Centuries of Genocide: Essays and Eyewitness Accounts addresses examples of genocides perpetrated in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.
Each chapter of the book is written by a recognized expert in the field, collectively demonstrating a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.5/5(4).Download