A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide
Portraits of Evil and Good
by Paul R. Bartrop
July 2012, 403pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38678-7
$108, £84, 94€, A148
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In locations such as Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Sudan, genocides involving unspeakable horror on unimaginable scales have occurred. Soldiers, politicians, and even civilians initiated actions or followed orders with the singular purpose of mass murder—with devastating results. But even in the heart of darkness, ordinary men and women who found themselves in seemingly hopeless situations nonetheless did all they could to save lives and bring comfort to the victims.

This book documents the devastating effects of genocide in the world's most destructive human environments since the end of World War II and explores why such events still occur.

A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good is a unique study of humanity’s most reprehensible actions. It documents genocides that have occurred after World War II—a period that was supposed to be the fulfillment of the promise “never again”—by providing biographies rather than extensive historical narratives.

The entries describe the personal backgrounds; careers; and relationship to genocidal events, humanitarian actions, or international initiatives relevant to each person in the book. Beyond examining the genocidaires who played key roles in mass murder, individuals who contributed to efforts to stop genocide are also profiled. By adopting a biographical approach to post-World War II genocide, the author sheds light on why people behave the way they do toward their fellow human beings and provides vital insights into the extremes of human positivity and negativity that have characterized this period of history.

Serving as a vital tool for scholars and students of genocide as well as compelling reading for general audiences, the book highlights individual human behaviors, motivations, backgrounds, and intentions that can form a platform from which to raise and discuss issues of morality and ethics in the modern world.

Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, is the 2011–2012 Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Richard Stockton College, Galloway, NJ. He was formerly head of the History Department at Bialik College, Melbourne, and honorary fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University. He has also taught at the University of South Australia, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Monash University, from where he obtained his doctorate. His published works include Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide, The Genocide Studies Reader, Dictionary of Genocide, and Australia and the Holocaust, 1933–1945.


2013 Outstanding Academic Title—Choice, January 1, 2014


"In this well-designed reference book, seasoned scholar of genocide Bartrop provides biographical profiles of 170 individuals who perpetrated, attempted to prevent, or were in some other significant way involved in selected atrocities since 1945. . . . This volume offers a wealth of accessible information for anyone interested in exploring the darkest episodes of the post-WWII era. Summing Up: Highly recommended."—Choice, May 1, 2013

"This work is highly recommended for libraries serving high school students, undergraduates, and the general public."—ARBA, January 1, 2013

"Although many well-known personalities are covered, the inclusion of those who tried to prevent genocide provides readers with an added (and welcomed) dimension to genocide studies and is an admirable feature of this book. The thematic contents and references make it easier for those interested in further study within a specific area of interest. Educators looking for a summary of contemporary events could use the introduction with little modification. . . . This volume is a good starting point for researchers and is recommended for most libraries."—Booklist, October 15, 2012

"This encyclopedia presents a variety of key individuals to study with respect to genocidal acts. The succinct text offers a valuable starting point for further study as well as an informative read for those generally interested in the unfortunate subject matter."—Library Journal, October 1, 2012
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