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Libricide : the regime-sponsored destruction of books and libraries in the twentieth century

Author: Rebecca Knuth
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book identities the regime-sponsored, ideologically driven, and systemic destruction of books and libraries in the twentieth century that often served as a prelude or accompaniment to the massive human tragedies that have characterized a most violent century. Using case studies of libricide committed by Nazis, Serbs in Bosnia, Iraqis in Kuwait, Maoists during the Cultural Revolution in China, and Chinese  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
History
Études de cas
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Knuth
ISBN: 027598088X 9780275980887 0313361487 9780313361487
OCLC Number: 51242063
Description: xiii, 277 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Books, libraries, and the phenomenon of ethnocide --
The evolution and functions of libraries --
A theoretical framework for libricide --
Nazi Germany : racism and nationalism --
Greater Serbia --
Iraq, Kuwait, and the politics of thuggery --
China's cultural revolution --
Tibet : a culture in jeopardy --
The collision of ideas.
Responsibility: Rebecca Knuth.

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"This book identities the regime-sponsored, ideologically driven, and systemic destruction of books and libraries in the twentieth century that often served as a prelude or accompaniment to the massive human tragedies that have characterized a most violent century. Using case studies of libricide committed by Nazis, Serbs in Bosnia, Iraqis in Kuwait, Maoists during the Cultural Revolution in China, and Chinese Communists in Tibet, Knuth argues that the destruction of books and libraries by authoritarian regimes was sparked by the same impulses toward negation that provoked acts of genocide or ethnocide."--Jacket.

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After summarily disposing in her first few pages of the longer history of desultory library destruction, she goes into detailed accounts of recent purposeful library depredations (those of the last Read more...

 
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