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Genocide and International Relations
Changing Patterns in the Transitions of the Late Modern World

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  • Date Published: October 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521125178

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  • 'Genocide and International Relations' lays the foundations for a new perspective on genocide in the modern world. Genocide studies have been influenced, negatively as well as positively, by the political and cultural context in which the field has developed. In particular, a narrow vision of comparative studies has been influential in which genocide is viewed mainly as a 'domestic' phenomenon of states. This book emphasizes the international context of genocide, seeking to specify more precisely the relationships between genocide and the international system. Shaw aims to re-interpret the classical European context of genocide in this frame, to provide a comprehensive international perspective on Cold War and post-Cold War genocide, and to re-evaluate the key transitions of the end of the Second World War and the end of the Cold War.

    • Proposes a new approach to modern genocide by treating it systematically in the context of international relations
    • Re-evaluates classical European and colonial genocide and the post-Second World War and post-Cold War transitions in genocide, enabling scholars and students to see the historical limitations, as well as the strengths, of the Genocide Convention and post-1989 genocide policy
    • Provides a compelling critique of the negative influences of cultural and political context on the field - genocide studies will need to re-evaluate the relationships between scholarship and politics
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    "A pioneer scholar of globalization and contemporary warfare, Martin Shaw now focuses his sharp eye on international relations and genocide. This book's marrying of these fields challenges both theorists and historians to rethink the categories and temporalities of their analysis. It is an important innovation." - A. Dirk Moses, Professor of Global and Colonial History, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521125178
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Perspectives:
    1. Emancipating genocide research
    2. Fallacies of the comparative genocide paradigm
    3. World-historical perspectives: international and colonial
    Part II. Twentieth-Century Genocide:
    4. European genocide: inter-imperial crisis and world war
    5. The 1948 Convention and the transition in genocide
    6. Cold War, decolonization and post-colonial genocide
    7. The end of the Cold War and genocide
    Part III. New Patterns of Genocide:
    8. Genocide in political and armed conflict: theoretical issues
    9. Genocide in twenty-first-century regional and global relations
    10. Conclusions: history and future of genocide.

  • Author

    Martin Shaw, University of Sussex
    Martin Shaw is a historical sociologist specialising in global politics, war and genocide. He is Research Professor of International Relations at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals, Professorial Fellow in International Relations and Human Rights at Roehampton University, London, and Emeritus Professor of Sussex University. Shaw's books What is Genocide? (2007) and War and Genocide: Organized Killing in Modern Society (2003) have established him as a major authority in the genocide field. He is the author of several books on war, most recently The New Western Way of War: Risk-Transfer War and Its Crisis in Iraq (2005) and Civil Society and Media in Global Crises: Representing Distant Violence (1996), and on global change, notably Theory of the Global State: Globality as Unfinished Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2000). His website is

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