Century of Genocide
Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts, 3rd Edition
Edited by Samuel Totten, William S. Parsons
Published September 26th 2008 by Routledge – 654 pages
Through powerful first-person accounts, scholarly analysis, and compelling narrative, Century of Genocide details the causes and ramifications of the genocides perpetrated in the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Historical context provides the necessary background on the actors and victims to help us better understand these episodes of atrocious political violence.
The third edition has been carefully updated and features new chapters on the genocides in Darfur, in Guatemala, and against indigenous peoples the world over. The volume concludes with a consideration of the methods of prevention and intervention of future genocides.
"Erudite, though also readable; comprehensive, though also manageable; somber, and yet also, in the final analysis, hopeful, this collection of original essays warrants all possible readership—now and for much time to come." --Arthur B. Shostak, The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms, Vol. 17, 4, June 2012
"I have used this book as the basic text in my courses on genocide since its first edition. It is written by the foremost experts on the major genocides of the twentieth century and, in the new edition, the twenty-first. Most importantly, its first-hand accounts by eye-witnesses expose the personal side of genocide, the most depersonalizing crime against humanity. The stories it tells are unforgettable." --Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, President, International Association of Genocide Scholars
"The third edition of Century of Genocide provides valuable comparative perspectives of colonial, political, and ideological mass killing from the Herero and Armenian cases in the early twentieth century to Rwanda and Darfur at the end of the century and into the next. It is compelling both as an overarching general survey that includes first-person testimony and as a call for effective measures to prevent and deal with the scourge of genocide and crimes against humanity." --Richard G. Hovannisian, Professor of History and Chair in Modern Armenian History, University of California, Los Angeles
"This is an important, comprehensive, and at times urgent account of modern genocide. The geographical and historical breadth of cases as well as the combining of thoughtful analysis and powerful eyewitness accounts make this book a very valuable contribution for scholars and students alike." --Scott Straus, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Introduction Samuel Totten and William S. Parsons 1. Genocide of the Hereros Jon Bridgman and Leslie J. Worley 2. The Armenian Genocide Rouben Paul Adalian 3. Soviet Man-made Famine in Ukraine James E. Mace 4. Holocaust: The Genocide of the Jews Donald L. Niewyk 5. Holocaust: The Gypsies Sybil Milton 6. Holocaust: The Genocide of Disabled Peoples Hugh Gregory Gallagher 7. The Indonesian Massacres Robert Cribb 8. Genocide in East Timor James Dunn 9. Genocide in Bangladesh Rounaq Jahan 10. The Burundi Genocide René Lemarchand 11. The Cambodian Genocide – 1975-1979 Ben Kiernan 12. Guatemala: Acts of Genocide and Scorched Earth Counterinsurgency War Susanne Jonas 13. Physical and Cultural Genocide of Indigenous Peoples Robert K. Hitchcock and Tara M. Twedt 14. The Anfal Operations in Iraqi Kurdistan Michiel Leezenberg 15. The Rwanda Genocide René Lemarchand 16. Genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina Martin Mennecke 17. Genocide in Darfur, Sudan Samuel Totten 18. Easier Said Than Done: The Challenges of Preventing and Responding to Genocide Bridget Conley-Zilkic and Samuel Totten
Samuel Totten is a Professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and co-founding editor of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal. He has also been a Fulbright Fellow at the Centre for Conflict Management, National University of Rwanda.
William S. Parsons is Chief of Staff for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.