The Magnitude of Genocide

; Winton Higgins

This book defines genocide, distinguishing it from mass murder, war crimes, and other atrocities; allows readers to grasp the magnitude of the crime of genocide across time and throughout human civilization; and facilitates an understanding of new and potential cases of genocide as they occur. Les mer
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This book defines genocide, distinguishing it from mass murder, war crimes, and other atrocities; allows readers to grasp the magnitude of the crime of genocide across time and throughout human civilization; and facilitates an understanding of new and potential cases of genocide as they occur.

Recently, the topic of intervention against genocide has received attention in global politics and the national political discourse of major countries. The challenges in confronting genocide and attempting to make a positive change are manifold. Simply establishing an agreement on the legal definition of genocide-and distinguishing it from genocidal massacres, war crimes, and other crimes against humanity-is problematic. This book provides a valuable resource for students, scholars, and journalists when public awareness of, and interest in, genocide has reached unprecedented levels. Written in an accessible way for a broad readership, the book makes use of case studies to enable an understanding of emerging and potential genocide with the necessary depth of coverage to evaluate critically the ways in which the United Nations and national governments engage them.



Readers will understand the essential ingredients of genocide, from antiquity to the present, and grasp the extent of the crime across human history. A variety of case studies provides a means to measure genocidal magnitudes in terms of their intent and motive, geographical extent, pace, method, participants, outcomes, legacies, punishments, and reparations. A unique and crucial feature of the book is that it gives as much attention to the differences among genocides-for example, between a large-scale genocide like the Holocaust and the extermination of a 500-person Amazonian tribe-while still treating both within a single conceptual framework of genocide, without "discounting" the smaller case.









Illustrates the myriad problems inherent in genocide prevention and in the punishment of perpetrators



Analyzes why the nation-states that have the capacity to prevent or intervene against a genocide typically avoid doing so



Discusses the nature of and reasons underlying genocide denial



Examines the different kinds and scales of the impact of genocide on victim groups and on the perpetrators

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"The Magnitude of Genocide is an amazingly readable intellectual tour de force. Rarely have I seen the dread topic of genocide addressed so humanely and interestingly. Tatz and Higgins also do not stop at the past or vague portents of the future, and they dare to take on courageously Islamic fundamentalism, and even the dangers of undue free speech, such as on Internet, as enabling hate speech and the detonation of genocidal explosions. Strangely, this is even a book to enjoy." -- Israel W. Charny, Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide, Jerusalem, editor of the Encyclopedia of Genocide and author of Fascism and Democracy in the Human Mind "This is a finely written, comprehensive, and authoritative account of the worst of all crimes. Those with genocidal intent still stalk the world today, playing for political purposes with the fire of ethnic and religious fervor, twisting human nature so that it can contemplate-and commit-a crime against humanity. This book is necessary reading on the way to a better world." -- Geoffrey Robertson QC, Founder and Head, Doughty Street Chambers and author of An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians? "The Magnitude of Genocide is a unique, wide-ranging, thoughtful, revealing, important, and up-to-date study of a pressing subject. It is well-researched, distills decades of experience and expertise, and addresses many of the key issues involved in confronting the scourge of genocide." -- Ben Kiernan, Yale University, author of Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur "The Magnitude of Genocide is a wide ranging, lucid exploration of genocide as modern and ancient practi