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Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction Paperback – Aug 31 2010
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"Based on immense scholarship, Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction is much more than an indispensable text for students of this seemingly intractable phenomenon. With its global and interdisciplinary perspectives, it consistently advances our understanding of genocidal events on many fronts. Provocative yet balanced, Adam Jones’s second edition at once summarizes and defines this burgeoning field."
A. Dirk Moses, University of Sydney and the European University Institute, Florence
Already the most wide-ranging, accessible and clear-sighted introduction to the subject, the significantly expanded 2nd edition unflinchingly extends the range of its discussion to include contentious issues such as 'cultural' genocide, whether post 9/11 terrorism falls under the rubric, and the wider scope of Ottoman violence against Christian 'minorities' in 1915. Compassionate, searching, up-to-the minute and sometimes even electrifying in its prose this is the book I will be particularly recommending to my university students of genocide.
Mark Levene, University of Southampton, UK
Reviews for 1st edition:
With its interdisciplinary approach and bevy of case studies, 'Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction' will surely become the seminal text for students of genocide. Written in an engaging and conversational style, the book not only explores existing frameworks, but expands the boundaries of genocide studies with attention to issues such as gender and the future of genocide. Perhaps best of all, Jones educates and inspires the reader to become an active and responsible global citizen.
Nicholas A. Robins, Duke University, USA
This is the best introductory text available to students of genocide studies. Written in clear, elegant prose and supported by a wealth of authoritative sources, GENOCIDE: A COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION is likely to become the gold standard by which all subsequent introductions to this enormously important subject will be measured
Kenneth J. Campbell, Professor of Political Science, University of Delaware, USA
This wide-ranging inquest into the dynamics of genocidal violence stands as a major contribution to the dismal science of 'massacrology.' More than a collection of case studies, it offers a depth of critical insight and a richness of data seldom matched in comparative studies of genocide. Informed by a formidable erudition, and a deep personal sensitivity to the horrors that he describes, Adam Jones's splendid book is a milestone in the literature on mass crimes and genocide.
Rene Lemarchand, Department of Political Science, University of Florida, USA
The subtitle says it all: unique in the literature, this book provides a thorough, comprehensive introduction to the subject of genocide. Jones, a Yale political scientist and genocide scholar, delivers a very readable, intellectually stimulating text. The overall perspective is interdisciplinary. Relevant research and insights from psychology, sociology, and anthropology are included; maps and illustrations complement many of the examples and case studies. A Web site http://www.genocidetext.net supplements the book. The historical coverage ranges from discussions of genocide in the Hebrew Bible to contemporary abominations in Sudan's Darfur region. Commendably, there are thoughtful chapters on the significance of gender, memory and denial, and postgenocide tribunals. The book concludes with strategies to anticipate future genocides and intervene when necessary. Readers are encouraged as responsible citizens to consider their reactions to genocide. Summing Up: Essential. All readership levels.
P. G. Conway, SUNY College at Oneonta, Choice - Reviews Online
About the Author
Adam Jones, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna, Canada. His recent books include Gender Inclusive: Essays on Violence, Men, and Feminist International Relations (Routledge, 2009) and Crimes Against Humanity: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld, 2008). He is co-founder and executive director of Gendercide Watch (www.gendercide.org).
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One crucial issue that any book on genocide must grapple with is how to define genocide, and Jones discusses various definitions at some length. Readers may dispute Jones’ preferred definition of genocide, and even more so his inclusion of certain cases as episodes of genocide (he even considers the 9/11 attacks as potentially genocidal). But while the inclusion of some historical episodes under the framework of genocide is debatable, Jones’ discussion of those cases no doubt provides good fodder for discussion in classes that assign this text.
I did have one stylistic quibble with the book: the author’s excessive direct quoting of sources. This is something I teach my own writing students to avoid, and the book would benefit from cutting back on direct quotes. Otherwise the book is well written, and even enjoyable to read despite the grim subject matter. The suggested further readings at the end of each chapter are also especially helpful.
[This review is for the book's 2006 edition, but I thought it would be more useful here under the more recent edition.]