Rivers of Blood: A Comparative Study of Government Massacres

Hardcover | January 7, 1995

byBrenda K. Uekert

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Rivers of Blood offers a glimpse into the brutal world of state terrorism. In this innovative study, the author explores the strategies, targets, and motives of terror by reviewing the conditions surrounding government massacres. By introducing an innovative typology of massacres and a classification of terror strategies, the author develops a structural approach to the study of state terror, thus challenging the viewpoint that state terrorism is a situational or reactionary phenomenon. Case studies of government massacres such as those occuring in China (Tiananmen), Iraq (Halabja), and El Salvador (San Salvador), are included. Each case study includes a discussion on the historical, political, and social climate preceding the massacre. Rivers of Blood is a welcome addition to the literature on state terrorism.

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Rivers of Blood offers a glimpse into the brutal world of state terrorism. In this innovative study, the author explores the strategies, targets, and motives of terror by reviewing the conditions surrounding government massacres. By introducing an innovative typology of massacres and a classification of terror strategies, the author de...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:January 7, 1995Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

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ISBN - 10:0275951650

ISBN - 13:9780275951658

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.,."this book systematically compares ten microlevel cases of recent massacres by the governments of China, the Soviet Union, Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan, India, Guatemala, Peru, Columbia, and El Salvador. A theoretically soild conceptual framework is used to analyze the character of state terrorism in terms of strategies, targets, motives, and outcomes. This is a welcome addition for scholars of genocide, human rights, and ethnic conflict. Upper-division through faculty."-Choice