Modern Genocide

Understanding Causes and Consequences

This full, rich comprehensive resource vetted by a prominent advisory board provides definitive expertise on the sensitive and hard-to-teach topic of genocide.

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This full, rich comprehensive resource vetted by a prominent advisory board provides definitive expertise on the sensitive and hard-to-teach topic of genocide.

History has repeatedly demonstrated that humans are capable of great inhumanity. Any purposeful study of history must include a careful examination of genocide, as difficult and uncomfortable as this subject may be. In order to become informed world citizens, today's students need to understand the terrible price of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping—and to know what monumental injustice can result from indifference and reluctance to speak out.

Studying past genocides brings the corrosive power of prejudice and hatred into sharp focus, and represents a "living memorial" to those who perished. Just as importantly, learning about past atrocities provides hope for the future: As young adults learn about the historical, social, religious, political, and economic factors that have resulted in genocide, they comprehend that it is the responsibility of individual citizens—themselves—to recognize the danger signals and prevent another nascent genocide from becoming reality.

Consistent with ABC-CLIO's other award-winning Solutions databases, Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences is structured to ensure students find it extremely easy-to-use. It comprises three components: an online, virtual textbook, constantly updated to ensure that its contents are current and accurate; Perspectives that support critical-thinking skills and invite student engagement with the sensitive subject matter; and a supporting reference library on genocide. The "textbook" portion provides comprehensive text complimented by powerful visual elements on ten genocides, including the Armenian genocide, the Cambodian genocide, the Herero genocide, the Holocaust, and the Rwandan genocide.

Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences also includes more than 200 primary sources that illustrate the process and outcome of genocide, supplying memoirs, narratives, domestic and international legal documents, as well as first-hand accounts that vividly depict the impact of destruction on entire societies as well as on individuals' lives. These invaluable resources enable students to fully grasp the history and events of each modern genocide, and can be used as a springboard for the discussion of human and civil rights issues.

• Comprises more than 1,250 reference items that cover important individuals, events, organizations, and places related to genocide
• Covers 10 modern genocides in depth, allowing students to see repeating patterns in history
• Provides Feature Stories that present timely original material and connects current events with historical reference giving students a stronger sense of connection to the event
• Includes essays that discuss topics integral to the subject of genocide, such as the factors that precede and cause genocide, the denial movements related to particular genocides, the role of propaganda in persuading the public to participate in genocide, and other mass killings and massacres not considered genocide by UN standards

• Comprises authoritative material written by more than 200 contributors, overseen by an expert advisory board
• Includes more than 200 primary sources that allow students to fully grasp the contemporary history and events of each modern genocide
• Offers numerous Support Center activities created by Sara Cohan, director of the Genocide Education Project, that guide students and teachers through this sensitive material
• Utilizes the widely accepted "eight stages of genocide" framework developed by Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch, to provide educators with a powerful tool for teaching students how genocides occur and what can be done to prevent them
• Provides a complete media library comprising hundreds of photographs, maps, and videos
"This comprehensive resource brings students and teachers beautifully designed, informative, and well-researched information about 10 genocides. The organization, as well as the depth, breadth, and scope of the information, is exceptional. . . . Highly recommended."—Library Media Connection

"The uncluttered layout and modern design make it easy to access the content. Users can simply select from a list of topics ('Explore a Genocide') or use the 'Analyze' link to find articles summarizing major topics within each genocide. There are also advanced search options. The 'Analyze' option poses a question (such as 'Did the United States and most other Western countries turn a blind eye to Indonesian atrocities in East Timor from 1975 onwards?'), followed by a brief essay. The sidebar in this section links to essays offering different perspectives as well as a conclusion."—Booklist

"This content and the arrangement and means of accessing it combine to create a stunning product."—Library Journal

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