This set documents all known genocides which have taken place in history, from the massacres of indigenous peoples by colonizers, through the Armenian genocide and the Nazi Holocaust to the current examples of Cambodia, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. The various definitions of genocide are examined and the text considers whether nuclear destruction and saturation bombing of civilian targets do or do not constitute genocide. Attention is paid to work that has been done on the detection and prevention of genocide. As well as entries on the major perpetrators of genocide, articles on such topics as the psychology, ideology and literature of the subject, the treatment of survivors and the question of genocide-denial are all included.
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The first Encyclopedia in the field of Genocide Studies.
The Encyclopedia of Genocide is a basic and comprehensive reference work with major sections on the events of the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust and on denial of genocide and, throughout the work, emphasis on the comparative study of the genocides of all peoples (in the past, present, and tragically the future as well), the process of genocide, early warning systems for genocide, legal deterrents and punishment in law and genocide, and other means of prevention of genocide.
The Encyclopedia also features throughout pertinent and meaningful photographs, works of art, maps, and tabular representations to enhance the reader's knowledge and facilitate the intellectual and emotional comprehension of the academic entries. The purpose is to create for the reader an unfolding invitation to a broad intellectual, and even spiritual experience.
This basic reference work marks a further stage in the development of the field of genocide studies, which is a subject of study that cuts across traditional disciplines and is being studied in many different college and university departments, so that the Encyclopedia will provide an easily recognizable access for students and researchers from many different fields of inquiry.
The basic value position of the Encyclopedia is that all human life is sacred, and that the study of genocide is devoted to the preservation of all human life.