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War and Genocide: Organised Killing in Modern Society

By: Martin Shaw


Description

This comprehensive introduction to the study of war and genocide presents a disturbing case that the potential for slaughter is deeply rooted in the political, economic, social and ideological relations of the modern world.

Most accounts of war and genocide treat them as separate phenomena. This book thoroughly examines the links between these two most inhuman of human activities. It shows that the generally legitimate business of war and the monstrous crime of genocide are closely related. This is not just because genocide usually occurs in the midst of war, but because genocide is a form of war directed against civilian populations. The book shows how fine the line has been, in modern history, between ‘degenerate war’ involving the mass destruction of civilian populations, and ‘genocide’, the deliberate destruction of civilian groups as such.

Written by one of the foremost sociological writers on war, War and Genocide has four main features:

  • an original argument about the meaning and causes of mass killing in the modern world;
  • a guide to the main intellectual resources – military, political and social theories – necessary to understand war and genocide;
  • summaries of the main historical episodes of slaughter, from the trenches of the First World War to the Nazi Holocaust and the killing fields of Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda;
  • practical guides to further reading, courses and websites.

This book examines war and genocide together with their opposites, peace and justice. It looks at them from the standpoint of victims as well as perpetrators. It is an important book for anyone wanting to understand – and overcome – the continuing salience of destructive forces in modern society.

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745619064
ISBN10
0745619061
Publication Dates ROW:
May 2003
Publication Dates US:
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
May 2003


Format
235 x 159 mm
9.22 x 6.24 in
Pages
272 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745619071
ISBN10
074561907X
Publication Dates ROW:
May 2003
Publication Dates US:
Jul 2003
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
May 2003



Format
230 x 154 mm
9.05 x 6.05 in
Pages
272 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745697543
ISBN10
0745697542
Publication Dates ROW:
Jan 2015
Publication Dates US:
Jan 2015
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Jan 2015


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
272 pages

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Table of Contents

About the Author vi

Foreword by Gareth Evans viii

Preface and Acknowledgements xi

List of Abbreviations xvi

Introduction 1

1 Conceptual Building Blocks 5

2 “Humanitarian” Interventions: Thumbnail Sketches 31

3 New Wars and New Humanitarianisms 59

4 New Thinking: The Responsibility to Protect 88

5 So What? Moving from Rhetoric to Reality 119

Notes 155

Selected Readings 183

Index 187

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Author Information

Martin Shaw, Professor of International Relations and Politics, University of Sussex

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