Academic journal article Military Review

THE SPECTER OF GENOCIDE: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective

Academic journal article Military Review

THE SPECTER OF GENOCIDE: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective

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THE SPECTER OF GENOCIDE: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective, Robert Gellately and Ben Kiernan, eds., Cambridge University Press, New York, 2003, 396 pages, $60.00.

Genocide? Does the word define crimes of war, crimes against humanity, or ethnic cleansing? The essays in The Specter of Genocide: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective make it clear that these terms are not synonymous. Although the UN defined the term "genocide" in 1948, there is no scholarly consensus on how the other terms are defined.

Genocide is a relatively new field of study that crosses traditional academic disciplines such as history, political science, and sociology in an effort to understand what genocide is and why it happens. This colleetion of 16 essays includes new material as well as expanded versions of papers presented at the 2000 conference in Barcelona. The editors tie the essays together with introductory and concluding essays.

The essays on "Genocide and Modernity" ask what in modernity produces genocide. …

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