Extremely violent societies : mass violence in the twentieth-century world /
In this groundbreaking book Christian Gerlach traces the social roots of the extraordinary processes of human destruction involved in mass violence throughout the twentieth century. He argues that terms such as 'genocide' and 'ethnic cleansing' are too narrow to explain the diver...
Cambridge University Press,
Table of Contents:
- 1. Introduction: extremely violent societies
- Part I. Participatory Violence
- 2. A coalition for violence: mass slaughter in Indonesia, 1965-66
- 3. Participating and profiteering: the destruction of the Armenians, 1915-23
- Part II. The Crisis of Society
- 4. From rivalries between elites to a crisis of society: mass violence and famine in Bangladesh (East Pakistan), 1971-77
- 5. Sustainable violence: strategic resettlement, militias and 'development' in anti-guerrilla warfare
- 6. What connects the fate of different victim groups? The German occupation and Greek society in crisis
- Part III. General Observations
- 7. The ethnization of history: the historiography of mass violence and national identity construction
- 8. Conclusions.