Genocide: a reader

Jens Meierhenrich
Oxford University Press (January 2014)

Genocide is a phenomenon that continues to confound scholars, practitioners, and general readers. Notwithstanding the carnage of the twentieth century, our understanding of genocide remains partial. Disciplinary boundaries have inhibited integrative studies and popular, moralizing accounts have hindered comprehension by advancing simple truths in an area where none are to be had. Genocide: a reader lays the foundations for an improved understanding of genocide. With the help of 150 essential contributions, Jens Meierhenrich provides a unique introduction to the myriad dimensions of genocide and to the breadth and range of critical thinking that exists concerning it. This innovative anthology offers genre defining as well as genre bending selections from diverse disciplines - in law, the social sciences, and the humanities - as well as from other fields. A wide ranging introductory chapter on the study and history of genocide accompanies the carefully curated and annotated collection. By revisiting the past of genocide studies and imagining its future, Genocide: a reader is an indispensable resource for novices and specialists alike.

  • Jens Meierhenrich is Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE, and previously taught at Harvard University. His books include Lawfare and The Legacies of Law, which won the American Political Science Association's 2009 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs. He is currently at work on a genocide trilogy.

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