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The killing trap : genocide in the twentieth century

Author: Manus I Midlarsky
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2005.
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"The Killing Trap offers a comparative analysis of the genocides, politicides, and ethnic cleansings of the twentieth century, which are estimated to have cost upwards of forty million lives. The book seeks to understand both the occurrence and magnitude of genocide, based on the conviction that such comparative analysis may contribute to prevention of genocide in the future. Manus Midlarsky compares socioeconomic  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Manus I Midlarsky
ISBN: 9780521815451 0521815452 9780521894692 0521894697
OCLC Number: 59353091
Description: xv, 463 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. Introduction --
1. Preliminary considerations --
Purposes of the book --
The role of theory --
Research strategy --
Plan of the book --
2. Case selection --
Excluded cases --
Three cases of genocide --
pt. II. Explaining perpetrators : theoretical foundations --
3. Continuity and validation --
Continuity of the killing in three cases --
Validation --
4. Prologue to theory --
Rational choice --
Utopianism --
Two historical cases --
5. A theoretical framework --
The domain of losses and state insecurity --
Three types of realpolitik --
Realpolitik, property, and loss compensation --
The domain of losses, risk, and loss compensation --
Altruistic punishment --
pt. III. The theory applied --
6. Threat of numbers, realpolitik, and ethnic cleansing --
The Irish famine --
Germans and Jews in Poland --
Muslims in Bosnia --
7. Realpolitik and loss --
The Holocaust --
The Armenians --
The Tutsi --
Conclusion --
8. The need for unity and altruistic punishment --
Germany --
The Ottoman empire --
Rwanda --
Himmler and the necessity for cooperation --
Conclusion --
9. Perpetrating states --
Italy : a genocidal trajectory --
Vichy France --
Romania. pt. IV. Victim vulnerability : explaining magnitude and manner of dying --
10. Raison d'état, raison d'église --
The Armenians --
The Holocaust --
The Tutsi --
Conclusion --
11. Cynical realpolitik and the unwanted --
The United States --
Great Britain and commonwealth countries --
Impact on the Holocaust --
12. High victimization : the role of realpolitik --
Hungary --
The Netherlands --
13. Inequality and absence of identification --
Inequality and absence of identification between perpetrators and victims --
Inequality and absence of identification among the victims --
On the possibilities of survival --
Equality and identification between Jews and non-Jews --
14. On the possibility of revolt and altruistic punishment --
Łódź --
Warsaw --
Vilna --
Comparisons among the three ghettos --
Conclusion : the role of altruistic punishment. pt. V. Exceptions --
15. A dog of a different nature : the Cambodian politicide --
Variation in victimization --
Genocide of the Vietnamese --
The communist models --
Purges --
Summary comparisons --
16. Dogs that didn't bark I : realpolitik and the absence of loss --
Bulgaria --
Finland --
Comparisons --
17. Dogs that didn't bark II : affinity and vulnerability reduction --
Affinity and genocide --
Greeks in the Ottoman empire --
Jews in Eastern Europe --
Poland at the time of the Partitions --
Britain and Ireland --
Israel and intifada II --
The impact of war --
pt. VI. Conclusion --
18. Findings, consequences, and prevention --
Similarities and differences --
Consequences of genocide --
Genocide prevention and the role of democracy --
Validation --
Responsibility: Manus I. Midlarsky.
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