Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century

Synopsis

"This book identities the regime-sponsored, ideologically driven, and systemic destruction of books and libraries in the twentieth century that often served as a prelude or accompaniment to the massive human tragedies that have characterized a most violent century. Using case studies of libricide committed by Nazis, Serbs in Bosnia, Iraqis in Kuwait, Maoists during the Cultural Revolution in China, and Chinese Communists in Tibet, Knuth argues that the destruction of books and libraries by authoritarian regimes was sparked by the same impulses toward negation that provoked acts of genocide or ethnocide." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved