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Worse than war : genocide, eliminationism, and the ongoing assault on humanity

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Call Number304.663 G61w
Dates[2009]; ©2009
Statement of ResponsibilityDaniel Jonah Goldhagen.
Creators & ContributorsGoldhagen, Daniel Jonah (author)
SummaryA paradigm-changing investigation into the phenomenon of genocide and mass killing—explaining why genocides begin, are sustained, and end; why societies support them and why they happen so frequently; and how the international community should and can successfully stop them.
ContentsPreface: The Choice

Introduction: Clarifying the Issues
  1. Eliminationism, Not Genocide
    • Human Beings and Mass Slaughter
    • Eliminationism
    • The Modern State, Transformative Power
    • The Problems Defined
  2. Worse than War: Our Age of Suffering
    • Our Age's Slaughters
    • Varieties of Eliminationist Assaults
    • The Scope of Eliminationist Assaults
Part I. Explaining Eliminationist Assaults
  1. Why They Begin
    • Four Questions and Three Perspectives
    • A New Perspective
    • The Centrality of Political Leaders
  2. How They Are Implemented
    • The Perpetrators
    • Eliminationist Institutions
    • Means and Methods
    • The Sympathies of Others and the Problem of Resistance
    • Transformative Politics, Transformative Results
  3. Why the Perpetrators Act
    • Why Do the Killers Kill?
    • The Perpetrators' Other Actions
    • The Perpetrators' Beliefs and How They Come to Hold Them
    • From Beliefs to Action
  4. Why They End
    • The Genocide Convention
    • The International Political Environment's Crucial Context
    • How Eliminationist Assaults End
Part II. Modern Eliminationist Politics
  1. Sources and Patterns
    • Modernity and Eliminationist Politics
    • Four Kinds of Eliminationist Assaults
    • Noneliminationist Outcomes
    • The Crucial Character of Perpetrators' Beliefs
  2. Thinking and Acting
    • Discourse and the Dissemination of Eliminationist Beliefs
    • Dehumanization and Demonization
    • Dealing with Demons
    • From Discourse to Action
  3. Actual Minds, Actual Worlds
    • Communal Worlds
    • Camp Worlds
    • Personal Worlds
    • Actual Worlds
Part III. Changing the Future
  1. Prologue to the Future
    • The New Threats
  2. What We Can Do
    • The Need for a Powerful Anti-Eliminationist Discourse
    • The International Community's Promise and Pathologies
    • Stopping Eliminationist Politics
Physical Description xii, 658 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherNew York : PublicAffairs
EditionFirst Edition
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 599–628) and index
RecognitionPurchased in 2010 thanks to a generous donation from Mariette Doduck