Ordinary People As Mass Murderers: Perpetrators in Comparative Perspective

Hardcover | December 15, 2008

EditorMartin L. Davies

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Since the 1990s scholars have focused heavily on the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and have presented a complex and heterogeneous picture of perpetrators. This book provides a unique overview of the current state of research on perpetrators. Contributions approach the topic from various expertise (history, gender, sociology, psychology, law, comparative genocide), and address several unresolved questions. The overall focus is on the key question that it still disputed: How do ordinary people become mass murderers?

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Since the 1990s scholars have focused heavily on the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and have presented a complex and heterogeneous picture of perpetrators. This book provides a unique overview of the current state of research on perpetrators. Contributions approach the topic from various expertise (history, gender, sociology, psycholog...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.83 × 5.64 × 0.79 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230552021

ISBN - 13:9780230552029

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Table of Contents

Preface--M. L. Davies * Ordinary People as Mass Murderers. An Introduction--O. Jensen and C-C. W. Szejnmann * On Killing and Morality: How Normal People Become Mass Murderers?--H. Welzer * Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing--J. Waller * Dictatorships & Perpetrators. Facts and Motivations--R. Overy * The Question of Female Perpetrators--A. Przyrembel * The Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide: Perpetrators in Comparative Perspective?--D. Bloxham * International Law after the Nuremberg Trials and Rwanda: How do Perpetrators Justify Themselves?--G. Hankel

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"[T]he authors draw on an inter-disciplinary approach which includes sociological, psychological, anthropological and legal perspectives and theories about human behavior. This research should be seen as complementing the established and extensive literature of Holocaust research... There is much here to provoke reflection and further study." —Michael Lewis, Formerly of King Edward VII School, Sheffield