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Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur

Kiernan, Ben (Fellow, 2006-07)

New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Kiernan examines outbreaks of mass violence from the classical era to the present, focusing on worldwide colonial exterminations and twentieth-century case studies including the Armenian genocide, the Nazi Holocaust, Stalin’s mass murders, and the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides. He identifies connections, patterns, and features that in nearly every case gave early warning of the catastrophe to come: racism or religious prejudice, territorial expansionism, and cults of antiquity and agrarianism. The ideologies that have motivated perpetrators of mass killings in the past persist in our new century, says Kiernan. He urges that we heed the rich historical evidence with its telltale signs for predicting and preventing future genocides.


Subjects: History;; Genocide; World History; Crimes Against Humanity; Comparative History; Discrimination; Colonialism;