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The Lesser Evil : Moral Approaches to Genocide Practices - Helmut Dubiel

The Lesser Evil

Moral Approaches to Genocide Practices

By: Helmut Dubiel (Editor), Gabriel Motzkin (Editor)

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Published: 1st June 2005
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This book comprises 14 essays by scholars who disagree about the methods and purposes of comparing Nazism and Communism. The central idea is that if these two different memories of evil were to develop in isolation, their competition for significance would distort the real evils both movements propagated. Whilst many reject this comparison because they feel it could relativize the evil of one of these movements, the claim that a political movement is uniquely evil can only be made by comparing it to another movement.
How do these issues affect postwar interrelations between memory and history? Are there tensions between the ways postwar societies remember these atrocities, and the ways in which intellectuals and scholars reconstruct what happened? Nazism and Communism have been constantly compared since the 1920s. A sense of the ways in which these comparisons have been used and abused by both Right and Left belongs to our common history.
These twentieth century evils invite comparison, if only because of their traumatic effects. We have an obligation to understand what happened, and we also have an obligation to understand how we have dealt with it.

Approaches
Nazism-Communism: Delineating the comparison
The Uses and Abuses of Comparison
Worstward Ho: On Comparing Totalitarianisms
Imagining the Absolute: Mapping western conceptions of evil
Remembrance and Knowledge: Nationalism and Stalinism in comparative discourse
Comparative Evil: Degrees, numbers and the problem of measure
Frames of Comparison
The Institutional Frame: Totalitarianism, extermination and the state
Asian Communist Regimes: The other experience of the extreme
A Lesser Evil?: Italian Fascism in/and the totalitarian equation
On the Moral Blindness of Communism
Legacies
Totalitarian Attempts, Anti-Totalitarian Networks: Thoughts on the taboo of comparison
If Hitler Invaded Hell: Distinguishing between Nazism and Communism during World War II, the Cold War and since the fall of Communism
The Memory of Crime and the Formation of Identity
Mirror-Writing of a Good Life?
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ISBN: 9780714654935
ISBN-10: 0714654930
Series: Totalitarianism Movements and Political Religions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st June 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1