Encountering Genocide: Personal Accounts from Victims, Perpetrators, and Witnesses

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ABC-CLIO, Jun 30, 2014 - Political Science - 305 pages

From the atrocities of the Holocaust to the ongoing horrors in Darfur, genocide has been a gruesome and all-too-prominent fixture of modern history. There is no better way to examine and understand these events than through the accounts of those involved. This unique collection of primary sources features 50 documents, some of which have never before been made public. These firsthand accounts—diary entries, memoirs, oral testimony, original interviews, and more—illuminate 10 genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries as they were experienced by victims, perpetrators, and bystanders.

The book begins with the Herero Genocide (1904–1907) and ends with a consideration of the atrocities in Darfur. Each of the 50 documents features a brief introduction that provides basic and essential information such as who created it as well as when, where, and why. The work concludes with an analysis comprised of scholarly commentary, additional contextual information, and a list of questions that will serve as a springboard for student discussion of history and of the nature of survival in the face of evil.

 

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Contents

1 THE HERERO GENOCIDE
1
2 THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
19
3 THE HOLOCAUST
67
4 THE CAMBODIAN GENOCIDE
119
5 THE GUATEMALAN GENOCIDE
149
6 THE EAST TIMOR GENOCIDE
169
7 THE KURDISTAN GENOCIDE
189
8 THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE
199
9 THE BOSNIAN GENOCIDE
241
10 THE DARFUR GENOCIDE
281
Bibliography
291
Index
297
About the Author
305
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Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, is professor of history and director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL.

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