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A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation

Eric D. Weitz

"Weitz depicts the searing brutality of each genocide and traces its origins back to those most powerful categories of the modern world: race and nation. He demonstrates how, in each of the cases, a strong state pursuing utopia promoted a particular mix of extreme national and racial ideologies."

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Annihilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide

Alexander Laban Hinton, ed.

This text presents a collection of original essays on genocide. It explores a wide range of cases, including Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Bosnia.

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Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe

Norman M. Naimark

Of all the horrors of the last century—perhaps the bloodiest century of the past millennium—ethnic cleansing ranks among the worst. The term burst forth in public discourse in the spring of 1992 as a way to describe Serbian attacks on the Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina, but as this landmark book attests, ethnic cleansing is neither new nor likely to cease in our time.

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Hitler's Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third Reich

Omer Bartov

In Hitler's Army, Bartov focuses on the titanic struggle between Germany and the Soviet Union--where the vast majority of German troops fought--to show how the savagery of war reshaped the army in Hitler's image.

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Is the Holocaust Unique? Perspectives on Comparative Genocide

Alan S. Rosenbaum

In essays written specifically for this volume, distinguished contributors assess highly charged and fundamental questions about the Holocaust: Is it unique? How can it be compared with other instances of genocide? What constitutes genocide, and how should the international community respond?

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Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

Christopher R. Browning

Christopher Browning shows that while the men were expected to follow orders when it came to killing civilians, they could have refused to do so. In July 1942, before their induction into the mass shooting of civilians in the small Polish town of Józefów, their commander gave battalion members a choice.

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