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The Massacre in History : War and Genocide - Mark Levene

The Massacre in History

War and Genocide

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9781571819345
Number Of Pages: 320

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The role of massacre in history has been given little focused attention either by historians or academics in related fields. This is surprising as its prevalence and persistence surely demands that it should be a subject of serious and systematic exploration. What exactly is a massacre? When - and why - does it happen? Is there a cultural, as well as political framework within which it occurs? How do human societies respond to it? What are its social and economic repercussions? Are massacres catalysts for change or are they part of the continuity of the human saga? These are just some of the questions the authors address in this important volume.

Chronologically and geographically broad in scope, The Massacre in History provides in-depth analysis of particular massacres and themes associated with them from the 11th century to the present. Specific attention is paid to 15th century Christian-Jewish relations in Spain, the St. Batholemew's Day massacre, England and Ireland in the civil war era, the 19th century Caucasus, the rape of Nanking in 1937 and the Second World War origins of the Serb-Croat conflict. The book explores the subject of massacre from a variety of perspectives - its relationship to politics, culture, religion and society, its connection to ethnic cleansing and genocide, and its role in gender terms and in relation to the extermination of animals. The historians provide evidence to suggest that the "massacre" is often central to the course of human development and societal change.

List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Massacre of the Innocents in Late-Medieval Art and Dramap. 39
The 'Massacre' of Jewish Christians in Córdoba, 1473-1474p. 55
Secret Histories and Personal Testimonies of Religious VIolence in the French Wars of Religionp. 69
Massacre and Codes of Conduct in the English Civil Warp. 89
Massacre, Counter-Massacre, and Ethnic Cleansing in Ireland, 1640-1660p. 107
Clan Massacres and British State Formationp. 127
The Circassians A Forgotten Genocide?p. 149
The Extermination of the Wolf in United States Historyp. 163
The Canudos Massacre, A Hundred Years Onp. 185
The Annihilation of the Herero in German South West Africa, 1904p. 205
The Nanking Massacre of December 1937 and Japanese Policy in Chinap. 223
Image and Realityp. 247
The Legacy of Massacre the 'Jasenovac Myth' and the Breakdown of Communist Yugoslaviap. 263
Notes on Contributorsp. 283
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9781571819345
ISBN-10: 1571819347
Series: War and Genocide
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.73  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.52