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Humanity : a moral history of the twentieth century

Author: Jonathan Glover
Publisher: New Haven, CT [u.a.] Yale University Press 2000
Series: Yale Nota Bene
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The twentieth century was the most brutal in human history, featuring a litany of shameful events that includes the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Stalinist era, Cambodia, Yugoslavia, and Rwanda. This important book looks at the politics of our times and the roots of human nature to discover why so many atrocities were perpetuated and how we can create a social environment to prevent their recurrence. Jonathan Glover  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Glover
ISBN: 0300087004 9780300087000 0300087152 9780300087154
OCLC Number: 247725153
Notes: Originally published: London : J. Cape. 1999
Description: xiv, 464 p 24 cm
Series Title: Yale Nota Bene
Responsibility: Jonathan Glover

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The twentieth century was the most brutal in human history, featuring a litany of shameful events that includes the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Stalinist era, Cambodia, Yugoslavia, and Rwanda. This important book looks at the politics of our times and the roots of human nature to discover why so many atrocities were perpetuated and how we can create a social environment to prevent their recurrence. Jonathan Glover finds similarities in the psychology of those who perpetuate, collaborate in, and are complicit with atrocities, uncovering some disturbing common elements-tribal hatred, blind adherence to ideology, diminished personal responsibility-as well as characteristics unique to each situation. Acknowledging that human nature has a dark and destructive side, he proposes that we encourage the development of a political and personal moral imagination that will compel us to refrain from and protest all acts of cruelty.

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