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Genocide: Cases, Comparisons and Contemporary Debates



Genocide: Cases, Comparisons and Contemporary Debates maps out some of the darkest and most destructive episodes of the 20th century: the genocide against the Herero tribe in German South West Africa in 1904; the Armenian genocide in 1915; The Soviet Union under Stalin; the Holocaust; the partition of Punjab in 1947; and on to the genocidal violence in Cambodia in 1975-79 and Bosnia and Rwanda in the 1990s.

The book is on-line available here (PDF)

ISSN 1602-8031
ISBN 87-989305-0-8

Comments by noted Scholars
  • Dr. Henry Huttenbach, Professor of Russian and East European History, City College of New York, USA; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Genocide Research

At last. At long last, a volume truly devoted to genocide and not primarily the Holocaust and other genocides. At last also, a systematic attempt to subject genocide to the comparative approach. The Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is to be congratulated for this pioneering effort. The book should be on the shelves of all scholars and research centers grappling with the problems of genocide per se as we have entered the twenty-first century.

  • Dr. Thomas Cushman, Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College, USA; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Human Rights

This is an outstanding volume which presents important new research and perspectives on genocide and the Holocaust sponsored by the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The volume combines bold and original studies with new sources of data and sophisticated reinterpretations of traditional issues in the field. This book demonstrates that the Danish Center is at the forefront of world scholarship in genocide studies.

  • Dr. Israel W. Charny, Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Genocide, Executive Director, Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide, Jerusalem, Professor of Psychology & Family Therapy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A remarkable work which brings to Holocaust and genocide studies a creative new European voice. Most of the studies probe very new areas of knowledge and theory that have not been explored before. Well-written and edited, this book achieves a high level of maturity in scholarship of genocide. Raphael Lemkin would have been moved with pride.


About the Editor
Steven L. B. Jensen, MA in History and Anthropology (University of Copenhagen), MSc (University of Edinburgh), is former Head of Section in the Department for Southern Africa in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also worked for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is an Affiliated Research Scholar with the Danish Institute for International Studies, Department for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


Table of Contents - Genocide: Cases, Comparisons and Contemporary Debates

  • Introduction, by Steven L. B. Jensen

Cases and Comparative Perspectives

  • " I believe that the nation as such must be annihilated…"
    Radicalization of the German Suppression of the Herero Rising in 1904
    Henrik Lundtofte
  • Motives, Mechanisms and Memories of Soviet Communist Terror
    Klas-Göran Karlsson
  • The Punjab 1937-47 – A Case of Genocide?
    Anders Bjørn Hansen
  • Genocide in the Non-Western World
    Robert Cribb
  • Comparing the Killing Fields: Rwanda, Cambodia and Bosnia
    Rene Lemarchand
Contemporary Debates
  • Holocaust, Genocide and European Values
    Uffe Østergård
  • Turkey, the US and the Armenian Genocide
    Torben Jørgensen
  • The Turkish Media Debate on the Armenian Massacre
    Mehmet Necef
  • Investigating the Final Solution
    Torben Jørgensen
  • IBM Technology and the Third Reich
    Lars Heide
  • The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Crime of Genocide
    Martin Mennecke and Eric Markusen

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Opdateret: 18-02-10