Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts

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Through powerful first-person accounts, scholarly analysis, and compelling narrative, Century of Genocide details the causes and ramifications of the genocides perpetrated in the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Historical context provides the necessary background on the actors and victims to help us better understand these episodes of atrocious political violence.

The third edition has been carefully updated and features new chapters on the genocides in Darfur, in Guatemala, and against indigenous peoples the world over. The volume concludes with a consideration of the methods of prevention and intervention of future genocides.

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About the Author:

Samuel Totten is a Professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and co-founding editor of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal. He has also been a Fulbright Fellow at the Centre for Conflict Management, National University of Rwanda.

William S. Parsons is Chief of Staff for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Review:

"Erudite, though also readable; comprehensive, though also manageable; somber, and yet also, in the final analysis, hopeful, this collection of original essays warrants all possible readership―now and for much time to come." --Arthur B. Shostak, The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms, Vol. 17, 4, June 2012

"I have used this book as the basic text in my courses on genocide since its first edition.  It is written by the foremost experts on the major genocides of the twentieth century and, in the new edition, the twenty-first. Most importantly, its first-hand accounts by eye-witnesses expose the personal side of genocide, the most depersonalizing crime against humanity. The stories it tells are unforgettable." --Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, President, International Association of Genocide Scholars

"The third edition of Century of Genocide provides valuable comparative perspectives of colonial, political, and ideological mass killing from the Herero and Armenian cases in the early twentieth century to Rwanda and Darfur at the end of the century and into the next. It is compelling both as an overarching general survey that includes first-person testimony and as a call for effective measures to prevent and deal with the scourge of genocide and crimes against humanity." --Richard G. Hovannisian, Professor of History and Chair in Modern Armenian History, University of California, Los Angeles

"This is an important, comprehensive, and at times urgent account of modern genocide. The geographical and historical breadth of cases as well as the combining of thoughtful analysis and powerful eyewitness accounts make this book a very valuable contribution for scholars and students alike." --Scott Straus, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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