Encyclopedia of Genocide

by Israel W. Charny, Editor in Chief


How is genocide detected, investigated, and prevented? What is the psychology and ideology behind genocide? How are survivors treated, and what is the phenomenon of genocide denial? From ancient times to the present day, genocide has a worldwide history. It is hard to write about the subject with dispassion.

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January 2000


Pages 718
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Current Events and Issues/International
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Written by almost 100 experts from many countries, this award winning text is the first reference work to chart the full extent of this horrific subject with objectivity and authority.

The Encyclopedia of Genocide is the first reference work to chart the full extent of this horrific subject with objectivity and authority. The Nazi Holocaust; the genocides in Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia; and the eradication of indigenous peoples around the world are all covered in A–Z entries, written by almost 100 experts from many countries.

Other topics include treatment of survivors; the bewildering variety of definitions of genocide; detection, investigation, and prevention; psychology and ideology; the often contentious literature on the subject; scholars and organizations; and the important and controversial topic of genocide denial.

Among the wide range of contributors are Peter Balakian, Yehuda Bauer, M. Cherif Bassiouni, Michael Berenbaum, Ward Churchill, Vahakn Dadrian, Helen Fein, Ted Robert Gurr, Ian Hancock, Barbara Harff, Irving Louis Horowitz, Kurt Jonassohn, Ben Kiernan, David Krieger, René Lemarchand, Deborah Lipstadt, Franklin Littell, Robert Jay Lifton, Jack Porter, R.J. Rummel, Roger Smith, Colin Tatz, Elie Wiesel, and Simon Wiesenthal.


  • Over 200 A–Z entries covering all known genocides, each with leads to further information
  • Sidebars that place a human face on genocide's destruction and pain


  • Coverage spans perpetrators and victims of genocide
  • Discusses the important and controversial topic of genocide denial
  • Covers a wide range of related issues such as treatment of survivors; the bewildering variety of definitions of genocide; and detection, investigation, and prevention
  • Focuses on the psychology and ideology of genocide
Author Info

Israel W. Charny is the executive director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem, Israel.



"While general editor Charny relates that this set is far from a complete coverage of the subject, the set is the best thing on the contemporary market. And it should remain the standard reference source for some time to come."Reviewer's Consortium

"This is a good beginning resource for scholars, students, and any individual interested in the subject."American Reference Books Annual

"The Encyclopedia of Genocide is a powerful work and represents a milestone in genocide studies. It is a reference set that is a necessary and important purchase for both academic and public libraries."Against the Grain

"A fine complement to Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. . . . It is strongly recommended for any library supporting course work in history and the social sciences."Choice

"The encyclopedia contains a myriad of information about an important topic, and Charney is to be commended for his effort. . . . This resource is recommended for academic libraries and libraries where research includes the Holocaust and other genocide. The reading level, cost, and arrangement make it most suitable for larger collections."Booklist

"Equally valuable as an authoritative source for ready-reference, facts, and statistics; as a compilation of primary source documents; or as a basic text for ethics and character education units, this work will have numerous cross-curricular applications. An impressive reference that belongs in most collections. Highly recommended."The Book Report


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