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:
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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About the Author vi
Foreword by Gareth Evans viii
Preface and Acknowledgements xi
List of Abbreviations xvi
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
Selected Readings 183