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Extremely violent societies : mass violence in the twentieth-century world

Author: Christian Gerlach
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
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"Violence is a fact of human life. This book trace the social roots of the extraordinary processes of human destruction involved in mass violence throughout the twentieth century. Christian Gerlach shows that terms such as 'genocide' and 'ethnic cleansing' are too narrow to explain the diverse motives and interests that cause violence to spread in varying forms and intensities from killings and expulsions to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gerlach, Christian, 1963-
Extremely violent societies.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
(OCoLC)1014019641
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Gerlach
ISBN: 9780521880589 0521880580 9780521706810 0521706815
OCLC Number: 657223823
Description: xi, 489 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: extremely violent societies --
Part I. Participatory Violence --
2. A coalition for violence: mass slaughter in Indonesia, 1965-66 --
3. Participating and profiteering: the destruction of the Armenians, 1915-23 --
Part II. The Crisis of Society --
4. From rivalries between elites to a crisis of society: mass violence and famine in Bangladesh (East Pakistan), 1971-77 --
5. Sustainable violence: strategic resettlement, militias and 'development' in anti-guerrilla warfare --
6. What connects the fate of different victim groups? The German occupation and Greek society in crisis --
Part III. General Observations --
7. The ethnization of history: the historiography of mass violence and national identity construction --
8. Conclusions.
Responsibility: Christian Gerlach.
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