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Why not kill them all? : the logic and prevention of mass political murder

Author: Daniel Chirot; Clark R McCauley
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2010.
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"Cowritten by historical sociologist Daniel Chirot and psychologist Clark McCauley, the book goes beyond exploring the motives that have provided the psychological underpinnings for genocidal killings. It offers a historical and comparative context that adds up to a causal taxonomy of genocidal events. Rather than suggesting that such horrors are the product of abnormal or criminal minds, the authors emphasize the  Read more...
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Chirot, Daniel.
Why not kill them all? : the logic and prevention of mass political murder.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Chirot; Clark R McCauley
ISBN: 9781400834853 1400834856 9786612936227 6612936223
OCLC Number: 698590793
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2006
Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2006
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 268 pages)
Contents: Introduction. Are we killers or peacemakers? --
1. Why genocides? : are they different now than in the past? --
The four main motives leading to mass political murder --
Are modern genocides and ethnic cleansings different? --
Retribalization and the modern state --
2. The psychological foundations of genocidal killing --
How to get ordinary people to become butchers --
Organization --
Emotional appeals : leaders and followers --
Essentializing others --
The dangerous similar others --
The conditions of genocide --
3. Why is limited warfare more common than genocide? --
Weighing the costs of genocidal conflicts --
Limiting the damage of warfare --
Exogamy : making the enemy part of the family --
Establishing codes of warfare and exchange to limit violence --
Are rules of exogamy, codes of honor, and potlatching still relevant? --
The mercantile compulsion --
Morality and modesty : rejecting certitude --
Yearning for solutions --
4. Strategies to decrease the chances of mass political murder in our time --
State policies that reduce hostility between groups --
Limiting demands for justice and revenge --
Modest solutions and small-scale changes to promote tolerance --
The crucial role of states in promoting peaceful exchanges --
Individual rights and pluralist histories --
Conclusion. Our question answered.
Responsibility: Daniel Chirot and Clark McCauley.

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What dark impulses lurk in our minds that can justify the eradication of thousands and even millions of unarmed human beings caught in the crossfire of political, cultural, or ethnic hostilities?  Read more...

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