Most accounts of war and genocide treat them as separate phenomena.This book thoroughly examines the links between these two mostinhuman of human activities. It shows that the generally legitimatebusiness of war and the monstrous crime of genocide are closelyrelated. This is not just because genocide usually occurs in themidst of war, but because genocide is a form of war directedagainst civilian populations. The book shows how fine the line hasbeen, in modern history, between 'degenerate war' involving themass destruction of civilian populations, and 'genocide', thedeliberate destruction of civilian groups as such.
Written by one of the foremost sociological writers on war, War andGenocide has four main features:
? an original argument about the meaning and causes of mass killingin the modern world;
? a guide to the main intellectual resources - military, politicaland social theories - necessary to understand war andgenocide;
? summaries of the main historical episodes of slaughter, from thetrenches of the First World War to the Nazi Holocaust and thekilling fields of Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda;
? practical guides to further reading, courses and websites.
This book examines war and genocide together with their opposites,peace and justice. It looks at them from the standpoint of victimsas well as perpetrators. It is an important book for anyone wantingto understand - and overcome - the continuing salience ofdestructive forces in modern society.
Keywords: International Relations