Modern Genocide
The Definitive Resource and Document Collection
by Paul R. Bartrop and Steven Leonard Jacobs, Editors
December 2014, 2270pp, 8 1/2x11
4 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-363-9
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The Darfur Genocide began in 2003, and violence there continues today.

This massive, four-volume work provides students with a close examination of 10 modern genocides enhanced by documents and introductions that provide additional historical and contemporary context for learning about and understanding these tragic events.

Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection spans nearly 1,700 pages presented in four volumes and includes more than 120 primary source documents, making it ideal for high school and beginning college students studying modern genocide as part of a larger world history curriculum. The coverage for each modern genocide, from Herero to Darfur, begins with an introductory essay that helps students conceptualize the conflict within an international context and enables them to better understand the complex role genocide has played in the modern world. There are hundreds of entries on atrocities, organizations, individuals, and other aspects of genocide, each written to serve as a springboard to meaningful discussion and further research.

The coverage of each genocide includes an introductory overview, an explanation of the causes, consequences, perpetrators, victims, and bystanders; the international reaction; a timeline of events; an Analyze section that poses tough questions for readers to consider and provides scholarly, pro-and-con responses to these historical conundrums; and reference entries. This integrated examination of genocides occurring in the modern era not only presents an unprecedented research tool on the subject but also challenges the readers to go back and examine other events historically and, consequently, consider important questions about human society in the present and the future.


  • Provides a comprehensive examination of 10 modern genocides together in a single reference work, written by experts to be easily readable by advanced high school, undergraduate, and graduate students
  • Includes a collection of documents with each genocide section that also contains appropriate introductions to set the historical and contemporary context
  • Addresses not only the sobering reality of these different modern genocides but the pervasive, long-term consequences and impact on the communities affected by them
  • Supplies Analyze sections that allow for critical thinking while providing readers with insight into some of the most controversial and significant issues involving genocide
  • Serves as a gateway to further explorations regarding questions on genocide prevention, intervention, and the delivery of humanitarian aid
Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, is professor of history and director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL. His published works, as author and editor, include ABC-CLIO's A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good as well as Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide; The Genocide Studies Reader; Dictionary of Genocide; Teaching About the Holocaust: Essays by College and University and Teachers; Bolt from the Blue: Australia, Britain and the Chanak Crisis; Surviving the Camps: Unity in Adversity During the Holocaust; Australia and the Holocaust, 1933–45; and The Dunera Affair: A Documentary Resource Book.

Steven Leonard Jacobs, DHL, holds the Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, where he is also associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies. Among his publications are Greenwood's Dictionary of Genocide and Praeger's Teaching About the Holocaust: Essays by University and College Teachers as well as Lemkin on Genocide; Confronting Genocide: Judaism, Christianity, Islam; Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide; Encyclopedia of Genocide; and Pioneers of Genocide Studies.


2015 Outstanding Academic Title—Choice, January 1, 2016

2015 Outstanding Reference Source—Reference and User Services Association [RUSA], January 10, 2016

Best Reference 2015—Library Journal, February 26, 2016


"This work lends itself to disciplinary approaches in law, history, human rights, social psychology, and related fields and is recommended for academic libraries."—Booklist, April 7, 2015

"This engaging work will be useful for students and scholars alike because it captures the complexity of genocide and interrogates the broader historical context that produces atrocity. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic audiences; general readers."—Choice, July 1, 2015
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