The Killing Trap: Genocide in the Twentieth Century

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-10-31
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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 towards prevention of genocide in the future. Manus Midlarsky compares socio-economic circumstances and international contexts and includes in his analysis the Jews of Europe, Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, Tutsi in Rwanda, black Africans in Darfur, Cambodians, Bosnians, and the victims of conflict in Ireland. The occurrence of genocide is explained by means of a framework that gives equal emphasis to the non-occurrence of genocide, a critical element not found in other comparisons, and victims are given a prominence equal to that of perpetrators in understanding the magnitude of genocide.

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: 1. Preliminary considerations
2. Case selection
Part II. Explaining Perpetrators: Theoretical Foundations: 3. Continuity and validation
4. Prologue to theory
5. A theoretical framework
Part III. The Theory Applied: 6. Threat of numbers, realpolitik, and ethnic cleansing
7. Realpolitik and loss
8. The need for unity and altruistic punishment
9. Perpetrating states
Part IV. Victim Vulnerability: Explaining Magnitude and Manner of Dying: 10. Raison d'é
tat, raison d'é
11. Cynical realpolitik and the unwanted
12. High victimization: the role of realpolitik
13. Inequality and absence of identification
14. On the possibility of revolt and altruistic punishment
Part V. Exceptions: 15. A dog of different nature: the Cambodian Politicide
16. Dogs that didn't bark I: realpolitik and the absence of loss
17. Dogs that didn't bark II: affinity and vulnerability reduction
Part VI. Conclusion: 18. Findings, consequences, and prevention.

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