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Will genocide ever end?
Rittner, Carol, 1943-
First edition.
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Laxton, U.K. : Aegis ; St. Paul : Paragon House, 2002.
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xiii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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"Will Genocide Ever End? is a valuable primer in the terrible and persistent problem of genocide in human society. The contributors shed their academic garb and intellectual jargon to share plainly what they know about the causes, perpetration, and prevention of genocide. This book will serve to alert and inform the consciences of students, politicians, activists, and citizens alike, enabling us all to become more aware of the risk of genocide and more able to prevent it."--Hugo Slim, Reader in International Humanitarianism, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Author Notes

John K. Roth is the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, where he has taught since 1966. He has written, coauthored, or edited more than twenty-five books, including, most recently, "Ethics after the Holocaust" & major contributions to "The Holocaust Chronicle".

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Rittner (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey), Roth (Claremont McKenna College), and Smith (Aegis Trust) have edited original brief essays by many prominent scholars and activists in genocide studies. The volume is divided into four parts, each dealing with genocide-related issues of definition, cause(s), prevention, and aftermath (such as war crimes trials), respectively. The book begins with a helpful chronological listing of notable instances of mass death in the 20th century. Roth's essay perceptively underscores the necessity of preventing genocide despite the definitional imperfections of identifying or classifying instances of genocide; R. Smith indicates the historical nature of its innumerable occurrences. Mojzes's essay on "ethnic cleansing" is a short, careful analysis of some differences among massacres, war crimes, and genocide. Of special interest is the essay by R. Goldstone (and coauthor N. Fritz), the first prosecutor for the UN ad hoc war crimes tribunal dealing with rump Yugoslavia. The book also includes the very useful Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998). The editors' concluding essay is a sanguine summary of progress toward institutional accountability for the perpetrators of future genocidal acts. Good bibliography, excellent index, and a unique listing of some genocide Web sites. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Suitable for all academic and educated general audiences. A. S. Rosenbaum Cleveland State University

Table of Contents

Stephen D. SmithCarol Rittner and John K. Roth and James M. SmithJohn K. RothRoger W. SmithSteven L. JacobsStephen C. FeinsteinHelen FeinPaul MojzesRichard L. RubensteinMark LeveneRobert MelsonClark McCauleyEric MarkusenCarol RittnerLinda MelvernErvin StaubDavid NyheimJennifer LeaningHenry R. HuttenbachBarbara HarffHerbert HirschBen KiernanKurt JonassohnMichael J. BazylerJohn HeidenrichSamuel TottenAhmedou Ould-AbdallahRichard Goldstone and Nicole FritzHubert LockeJames M. SmithCarol Rittner and John K. Roth and James M. Smith
Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Chronologyp. 5
Part I What is Genocide?p. 21
1. The Politics of Definitionp. 23
2. As Old As Historyp. 31
3. The UN Conventionp. 35
4. Understanding the "G" Wordp. 39
5. States of Genocide and Other Statesp. 45
6. Ethnic Cleansingp. 51
7. Population Eliminationp. 57
Part II What are the Causes and Mechanisms of Genocide?p. 63
8. A Twentieth-Century Phenomenon?p. 65
9. Circumstances of Modern Genocidep. 73
10. Psychological Foundationsp. 77
11. Mechanisms of Genocidep. 83
12. Using Rape as a Weapon of Genocidep. 91
13. Identifying Genocidep. 99
14. Understanding Genocidep. 103
Part III What Can Be Done About Genocide?p. 111
15. What Can Be Done?p. 113
16. Identifying Precursorsp. 117
17. Anticipating Genocidep. 123
18. Early Warning and Genocide Preventionp. 127
19. Controlling Genocide in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 131
20. Studying the Roots of Genocidep. 141
21. Prosecuting the Perpetratorsp. 147
22. Using Civil Litigation to Achieve Some Justicep. 151
Part IV Will Genocide Ever End?p. 159
23. Genocide: Everyone's Problemp. 161
24. A Task Whose Time Has Comep. 167
25. Genocide is Historyp. 177
26. War Crimes Trialsp. 183
27. Will Genocide Ever End?p. 187
28. Cautious Optimismp. 191
29. Beyond the Darkness?p. 201
Appendicesp. 207
Excerpts from Selected Documents
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocidep. 209
Statute of the International Tribunal for Yugoslaviap. 212
Statute of the International Tribunal for Rwandap. 215
Statute of the International Criminal Courtp. 218
Questions for Discussionp. 227
Selected Genocide Websitesp. 228
Acronymsp. 230
Bibliographyp. 231
Contributorsp. 239
Indexp. 245