The Politics of Genocide

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Reflections on
The Politics of Genocide

Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

Almost immediately after we submitted The Politics of Genocide to Monthly Review Press in late March 2009, a series of events unfolded that confirmed our analysis of the political basis of the use versus non-use of the words “genocide” and “massacre” to describe different theaters of atrocity. Now, writing some twoand-one-half years later, we can state without exaggeration that our critique was robust: It fits well not only with how the politics of “genocide” has continued to play out, but also with how the same political factors extend to a much wider range of events and the treatment they receive by establishment institutions, including the media, intellectuals, and activists deeply integrated into the U.S. power structure.1


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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Reflections on the Politics of Genocide vii
  • Notes xix
  • Foreword 7
  • Introduction 13
  • Constructive Genocides 29
  • Nefarious Genocides 39
  • Some Benign Bloodbaths 69
  • Mythical Bloodbaths 95
  • Concluding Note 103
  • Notes 113
  • Index 151
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