The Historiography of Genocide

The Historiography of Genocide


Edited by Dan Stone, Contributions by Donald Bloxham, Contributions by Ann Curthoys, Contributions by Tony Barta, Contributions by Doris L. Bergen, Contributions by Alfred A. Cave, Contributions by Veena Das, Contributions by John Docker, Contributions by Robert Hayden, Contributions by Robert Hitchcock

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 44mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 23 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230279554
  • ISBN 13: 9780230279551
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 3 black & white tables, 4 charts, 8 graphs
  • Sales rank: 572,770

Product description

Genocide Studies is one of the fastest-growing fields in the social sciences, attracting students from a wide range of disciplines (including history, sociology, political science, philosophy, law, anthropology, and cultural studies). The Historiography of Genocide is the first book to offer an overview of the discipline as a whole. In original essays specially commissioned for this book, leading scholars in their fields offer indispensable analyses of complex themes, approaches and explanations, drawn from literatures that, for linguistic and other reasons, are often obscure or inaccessible. Tracing the emergence of genocide studies, analyzing its central concepts, methods and research themes, and providing detailed guides to the rich and varied historiographies of many cases of genocide, this book is an invaluable guide to the literature.

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Author information

DAN STONE is is Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published widely on the Holocaust, comparative genocide, history of anthropology, the cultural politics of the right, and philosophy of history. His books include History, Memory and Mass Atrocity: Essays on the Holocaust and Genocide (2006), Hannah Arendt and the Uses of History (2007, co-edited with Richard H. King), and Histories of the Holocaust (2010).

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'Taken as a survey of existing knowledge and our attempts to understand, it provides essential reference points for scholars and guides for students. As a whole, the volume is more comprehensive than any of the major single-authored works which have appeared in recent years; it achieves its goal of providing a guide to the literature as well as to the historical record. Second, the book enables us to evaluate the state of genocide historiography and studies. It shows us the deep contradictions between what we may call the 'old' genocide studies and the new approaches, which themselves face formidable challenges in developing coherent historical interpretations.' - Martin Shaw, Journal of Genocide Research 'This excellent book represents a substantial achievement by the editor. The individual essays are generally well-balanced and informative without being unnecessarily formulaic. They go beyond the remit of the title to actually offer new syntheses of the events as well as worthwhile assessments of existing interpretative literature. On the whole, this collection offers excellent value for teachers and scholars. Professor Stone has built on the strong foundations laid in his earlier edited work on the Historiography of the Holocaust, which also offered a mixture of interpretation and synthesis.' - Cathie Carmichael, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies '...Dan Stone's volume is the best proof that Genocide Studies are constantly growing, lively, multifaceted, and inspiring for many scholars, coming from very different backgrounds and perspectives. And it is a welcome and indispensable guide through the recent developments, the concepts, and discussions' -Dirk Rupnow, Institute for Contemporary History

Table of contents

Introduction; D.Stone PART I: CONCEPTS Defining Genocide; A.Curthoys & J.Docker Problems of Comparative Genocide Scholarship; A.Weiss-Wendt Conceptions of Genocide and Perceptions of History; D.Moshman Collective Violence and the Shifting Categories of Communal Riots, Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide; V.Das Cultural Genocide in Australia; R.van Krieken Genocide and Modernity; A.D.Moses Religion and Genocide: A Historiographical Survey; D.L.Bergen Gender and Genocide; A.Jones Prosecuting Genocide; W.Schabas PART II: CASE STUDIES Genocide in the Americas; A.A.Cave Decent Disposal: Australian Historians and the Recovery of Genocide; T.Barta Colonial Genocide: The Herero and Nama War (1904-1908) in German Southwest Africa and its Significance; J.Zimmerer The Armenian Genocide; D.Bloxham & F.M.Gocek The Holocaust and its Historiography; D.Stone The Crimes of the Stalinist Regime: Outline for an Inventory and Classification; N.Werth The Partition of India; I.Talbot Mao's China: The Worst Non-Genocidal Regime?; J-L.Margolin Documentation Delayed, Justice Denied: the Historiography of the Cambodian Genocide; B.Kiernan Mass Killings and Images of Genocide in Bosnia, 1941-45 and 1992-95; R.M.Hayden The Historiography of the Rwandan Genocide; S.Straus !Si Hubo Genocidio in Guatemala! Yes There Was Genocide in Guatemala!; V.Sanford Genocides of Indigenous Peoples; R.K.Hitchcock & T.E.Koperski