Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur

Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur

Ben Kiernan


For thirty years Ben Kiernan has been deeply concerned with the research of genocide and crimes opposed to humanity. He has performed a key position in unearthing exclusive documentation of the atrocities devoted via the Khmer Rouge. His writings have reworked our knowing not just of twentieth-century Cambodia but additionally of the ancient phenomenon of genocide. This new book—the first international background of genocide and extermination from historical times—is between his most vital achievements.

 

Kiernan examines outbreaks of mass violence from the classical period to the current, targeting around the globe colonial exterminations and twentieth-century case stories together with the Armenian genocide, the Nazi Holocaust, Stalin’s mass murders, and the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides. He identifies connections, styles, and lines that during approximately each case gave early caution of the disaster to return: racism or non secular prejudice, territorial expansionism, and cults of antiquity and agrarianism. The ideologies that experience prompted perpetrators of mass killings some time past persist in our new century, says Kiernan. He urges that we heed the wealthy ancient facts with its telltale indicators for predicting and fighting destiny genocides.

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