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The Killing Trap

The Killing Trap
Genocide in the Twentieth Century

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  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521815451

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About the Authors
  • Offering a comparative analysis of the mass genocides, politicides and ethnic cleansings of the twentieth century, this book sheds light on the occurrence as well as the magnitude of genocide. Based on the conviction that such comparative analysis may contribute towards the prevention of genocide in the future, Manus Midlarsky compares socio-economic circumstances and international contexts and includes in his analysis the Jews of Europe, Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, Tutsi in Rwanda, black Africans in Darfur, Cambodians, Bosnians, and the victims of conflict in Northern Ireland.

    • Offers a comparative analysis of the genocides, politicides and ethnic cleansings of the twentieth century, which claimed over 40 million victims
    • Seeks to explain cases where genocide did not occur, as well as cases where it did
    • Examines the Holocaust, Rwanda and Armenia, and comes up-to-date with Darfur and Bosnia
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “Manus Midlarksy’s highly ambitious, original and impressive book aspires to bring us closer to understanding genocide in the contemporary age…Written with controlled passion by a scholar deeply committed to using social science theory and methods to understand this highly emotional topic, The Killing Trap is an invaluable contribution to genocide studies.” – Michael Barnett, University of Minnesota

    "With the exception of contributions by Barbara Harff, Ted Gurr, R.J. Rummel, and more recently Alan Kuperman, political scientists are underrepresented in the literature of comparative genocide studies. Manus Midlarsky's ambitious work represents a major attempt to bring the methodologies and core preoccupations of this field to bear on genocides of the past and future. The result is a deeply insightful, multifaceted volume that should interest any scholar and student of genocide." - Adam Jones, Yale University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521815451
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 163 x 40 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Preliminary considerations
    2. Case selection
    Part II. Explaining Perpetrators: Theoretical Foundations:
    3. Continuity and validation
    4. Prologue to theory
    5. A theoretical framework
    Part III. The Theory Applied:
    6. Threat of numbers, realpolitik, and ethnic cleansing
    7. Realpolitik and loss
    8. The need for unity and altruistic punishment
    9. Perpetrating states
    Part IV. Victim Vulnerability: Explaining Magnitude and Manner of Dying:
    10. Raison d'état, raison d'église
    11. Cynical realpolitik and the unwanted
    12. High victimization: the role of realpolitik
    13. Inequality and absence of identification
    14. On the possibility of revolt and altruistic punishment
    Part V. Exceptions:
    15. A dog of different nature: the Cambodian Politicide
    16. Dogs that didn't bark I: realpolitik and the absence of loss
    17. Dogs that didn't bark II: affinity and vulnerability reduction
    Part VI. Conclusion:
    18. Findings, consequences, and prevention.

  • Author

    Manus I. Midlarsky, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Manus I. Midlarsky is the Moses and Annuta Back Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He has authored or edited eleven books and 65 articles and book chapters. His publications include The Evolution of Inequality: War, State Survival, and Democracy in Comparative Perspectives and the edited volumes Inequality, Democracy, and Economic Development (Cambridge, 1997), and the Handbook of War Studies II.

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