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A Comprehensive Introduction

Genocide by Adam Jones
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Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction is the most wide-ranging textbook on genocide yet published. The book is designed as a text for upper-undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a primer for non-specialists and general readers interested in learning about one of humanity’s enduring blights.

Fully updated to reflect the latest thinking in this rapidly developing field, this unique book:

  • Provides an introduction to genocide as both a historical phenomenon and an analytical-legal concept, including the concept of genocidal intent, and the dynamism and contingency of genocidal processes.
  • Discusses the role of state-building, imperialism, war, and social revolution in fuelling genocide.
  • Supplies a wide range of full-length case studies of genocides worldwide, each with a supplementary study.
  • Explores perspectives on genocide from the social sciences, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science/international relations, and gender studies.
  • Considers "The Future of Genocide," with attention to historical memory and genocide denial; initiatives for truth, justice, and redress; and strategies of intervention and prevention.

Highlights of the new edition include:

  • Nigeria/Biafra as a "contested case" of genocide
  • Extensive new material on the Kurds, Islamic State/ISIS, and the civil wars/genocide in Iraq and Syria.
  • Conflict and atrocities in the world’s newest state, South Sudan.
  • The role, activities, and constraints of the United Nations Office of Genocide Prevention.
  • Many new testimonies from genocide victims, survivors, witnesses—and perpetrators.
  • Dozens of new images, including a special photographic essay.

Written in clear and lively prose with over 240 illustrations and maps, Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction remains the indispensable text for new generations of genocide study and scholarship.

An accompanying website ( features a broad selection of supplementary materials, teaching aids, and Internet resources.

Taylor and Francis; December 2016
908 pages; ISBN 9781317533856
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Title: Genocide
Author: Adam Jones
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