A Comprehensive Introduction
By Adam Jones
Routledge – 2006 – 430 pages
An invaluable introduction to the subject of genocide, explaining its history from pre-modern times to the present day, with a wide variety of case studies.
Recent events in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, East Timor and Iraq have demonstrated with appalling clarity that the threat of genocide is still a major issue within world politics. The book examines the differing interpretations of genocide from psychology, sociology, anthropology and political science and analyzes the influence of race, ethnicity, nationalism and gender on genocides. In the final section, the author examines how we punish those responsible for waging genocide and how the international community can prevent further bloodshed.
With its interdisciplinary approach and bevy of case studies, 'Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction' will surely become the seminal text for students of genocide. Written in an engaging and conversational style, the book not only explores existing frameworks, but expands the boundaries of genocide studies with attention to issues such as gender and the future of genocide. Perhaps best of all, Jones educates and inspires the reader to become an active and responsible global citizen.
Nicholas A. Robins, Duke University, USA
This is the best introductory text available to students of genocide studies. Written in clear, elegant prose and supported by a wealth of authoritative sources, GENOCIDE: A COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION is likely to become the gold standard by which all subsequent introductions to this enormously important subject will be measured
Kenneth J. Campbell, Professor of Political Science, University of Delaware, USA
This wide-ranging inquest into the dynamics of genocidal violence stands as a major contribution to the dismal science of 'massacrology.' More than a collection of case studies, it offers a depth of critical insight and a richness of data seldom matched in comparative studies of genocide. Informed by a formidable erudition, and a deep personal sensitivity to the horrors that he describes, Adam Jones's splendid book is a milestone in the literature on mass crimes and genocide.
Rene Lemarchand, Department of Political Science, University of Florida, USA
The subtitle says it all: unique in the literature, this book provides a thorough, comprehensive introduction to the subject of genocide. Jones, a Yale political scientist and genocide scholar, delivers a very readable, intellectually stimulating text. The overall perspective is interdisciplinary. Relevant research and insights from psychology, sociology, and anthropology are included; maps and illustrations complement many of the examples and case studies. A Web site http://www.genocidetext.net supplements the book. The historical coverage ranges from discussions of genocide in the Hebrew Bible to contemporary abominations in Sudan's Darfur region. Commendably, there are thoughtful chapters on the significance of gender, memory and denial, and postgenocide tribunals. The book concludes with strategies to anticipate future genocides and intervene when necessary. Readers are encouraged as responsible citizens to consider their reactions to genocide. Summing Up: Essential. All readership levels.
P. G. Conway, SUNY College at Oneonta, Choice - Reviews Online
1. Introduction Part 1: The Origins of Genocide 2. Genocide in Antiquity and Early Modernity 3. The Twentieth Century: Conceptualizing Genocide Part 2: Genocide 4. Genocide of Indigenous Peoples 4a. Box Case-Study: Tibet under Chinese Rule 5. The Armenian Genocide, 1915–17 5a. Box Case-Study: The Anfal Campaign [Iraqi Kurdistan], 1987–88 6. Stalin's Purges and the Ukrainian Famine 6a. Box Case-Study: Chechnya 7. The Jewish Holocaust, 1933–45 7a. Box Case-Study: The Nanjing Massacre, 1937–1938 8. Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge 8a. Box Case-Study: East Timor, 1975–1999 9. Bosnia and Kosovo 9a. Box Case-Study: Bangladesh, 1971 10. Rwanda, 1994 10a. Box Case-Study: Congo Part 3: Social Science Perspectives 11. Psychology 12. Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science 13. Imperialism and War 14. Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict 15. Gendering Genocide 16. Memory, Forgetting, and Denial Part 4: The Future of Genocide 17. Punishing Genocide 18. Strategies of Prevention and Intervention