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Genocide : conceptual and historical dimensions
Andreopoulos, George J.
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Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997.

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x, 265 pages ; 23 cm.
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The term genocide has been used to describe a wide range of events and polities, from the "final solution of the Jewish question" in Nazi Germany to Western efforts to establish birth control and abortion programs in Third World nations. It is these dimensions of genocide that the authors to this volume explore, in the context both of their historical roots and of the implications for current and future international action.

Author Notes

George J. Andreopoulos is Professor of Political Science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, where he directs the Center for International Human Rights. He is the coeditor, with Richard Pierre Claude, of Human Rights Education for the Twenty-First Century, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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The eight essays offered here are the outgrowth of a one-day conference in February 1991 devoted to the topic of genocide; they appear with the addition of an introduction by the editor. The first four essays debate, with two contributors to each side, whether the 1948 UN definition of genocide is sufficient to designate certain instances of human brutality as genocide (and hence trigger international intervention under the UN Charter) or whether the UN resolution defining genocide is itself so fundamentally flawed that it is virtually meaningless. The remaining papers provide case histories of the tragic situations in Cambodia, East Timor, Kurdistan, and Armenia in an effort to determine if the policies of the states involved in each specific instance should be labeled genocidal. Specialists in international law or the problems of foreign policy ethics may find this collection interesting, and all readers would concur with one contributor's pessimistic observation: from the point of view of the victims, it really does not matter if the violence directed at them is defined as genocide or not. Research; professional. F. Burkhard; formerly, Morgan State University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction The Calculus of Genocidep. 1
Part I The Conceptual Dimensions of Genocidep. 29
Theoretical Issues Relating to Genocide: Uses and Abusesp. 31
Redefining Genocidep. 47
Toward a Generic Definition of Genocidep. 64
Genocide, Terror, Life Integrity, and War Crimes: The Case for Discriminationp. 95
Part II The Reality of Genocidep. 109
Etiology and Sequelae of the Armenian Genocidep. 111
Genocide in Kurdistan?: The Suppression of the Dersim Rebellion in Turkey (1937-38) and the Chemical War against the Iraqi Kurds (1988)p. 141
East Timor: A Case of Cultural Genocide?p. 171
The Cambodian Genocide: Issues and Responsesp. 191
Appendix 1 Text of the 1948 Genocide Conventionp. 229
Appendix 2 Chronologies of the Case Studiesp. 234
Selected Bibliographyp. 249
Contributorsp. 253
Indexp. 255