Modern Genocide
A Documentary and Reference Guide
by Paul R. Bartrop
September 2019, 355pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6233-5
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When genocide is committed, the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide requires nations that have ratified the convention to “do something” about it.

This book provides an indispensable resource for anyone researching the scourge of mass murder in the 20th and 21st centuries, effectively using primary source documents to help them understand all aspects of genocide.

This illuminating primary source collection closely examines and analyzes primary documents related to genocides, focusing on genocidal events from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Thematically organized into eight sections, each document comes with an introduction and analysis written by the author that helps provide the crucial historical background for the users of this title to learn about the complexities of genocide.

The first section considers a range of definitional matters relating to genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes; the second section relates to warnings of impending genocide, and how they have been received; the third considers atrocities and how they have been perpetrated; the fourth is an examination ofexamines a range of resistance initiatives that have been taken in response to genocide; the fifth looks at reactions to genocide from outside actors; the sixth considers the ways in which states have intervened to stop genocide; the seventh relates to post-genocide justice measures; and the eighth section relates to how states and NGOs have sought to prevent genocide.


  • Offers a large number of documents relating to various genocides, demonstrating the multifaceted nature of this crime in various settings
  • Presents the reader with an analysis of each document to help contextualize and explain it
  • Allows documents to "speak for themselves," setting out the parameters of genocide, what events actually occurred, and what was done afterwards
  • Provides a short list of further reading at the conclusion of each document to assist readers looking to further research the topic
Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, is a multi-award winning Holocaust and genocide scholar and professor of history and director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida. He has taught at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Virginia Commonwealth University, Deakin University, the University of South Australia, and Monash University. Author, editor, or coeditor of 18 books, his published works with ABC-CLIO include Resisting the Holocaust: Upstanders, Partisans, and Survivors; The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection; Bosnian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide; and others.

Documentary and Reference Guides

Expertly chosen primary source documents, analytical commentary, and comprehensive study resources present Americans grappling directly with complex social and political issues in ways that have had a deep and lasting impact on contemporary society.

Students often are unaware that hotly contested public debates have deep historical roots. Intended to allow readers to engage with history and discover the development of controversial social and political issues over time, the Documentary and Reference Guides series introduces such issues through carefully chosen primary source documents.

The documents analyzed in these volumes encourage critical thinking, offering fresh perspectives as they sweep away preconceptions and restore immediacy to debates that may have become stale. They encourage students to explore for themselves how important issues came to be framed as they are and to consider how contemporary discussion might advance beyond the assumptions and hardened positions of the past.


  • 50–100 primary source documents, topically and chronologically organized, including excerpts from legislation, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, manifestos, broadcast statements, such controversial writings as Thomas Paine's pamphlets and excerpts from the Federalist Papers, and personal writings, such as letters
  • 15–25 photographs
  • Accessible analysis sections and lively sidebars illuminating documents that are crucial to the subject, but relatively legalistic or technical
  • A Reader's Guide to the Documents and Sidebars, organized by subject, to enable readers to pursue particular lines of inquiry through more than one chapter
  • A comprehensive, annotated, general resources section supporting student research needs
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