The Final Solution: A Genocide

Paperback | October 10, 2009

byDonald Bloxham

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The Holocaust is frequently depicted in isolation by its historians. Some of them believe that to place it in any kind of comparative context risks diminishing its uniqueness and even detracts from the enormity of the Nazi crime. In reality, such a restricted understanding of 'uniqueness' haspulled the Holocaust apart from history and set up barriers to a better understanding of the racial onslaught unleashed within the Third Reich and its conquered territories.Working against the grain of much earlier writing, this innovative new history combines a detailed re-appraisal of the development of the genocide of the Jews, a full consideration of Nazi policies against other population groups, and a comparative analysis of other modern genocides. The Holocaust is portrayed as the culmination of a much wider history of European genocide and ethnic cleansing, from the late nineteenth century onwards. Ultimately, Bloxham shows that an explanation for the Holocaust rooted exclusively in Nazism and antisemitism is inadequate when set against onethat is both prepared to give due weight to the immediate circumstances of the Second World War in eastern Europe and to situate the Jewish genocide within the broader patterns of human behaviour in the late-modern world.

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The Holocaust is frequently depicted in isolation by its historians. Some of them believe that to place it in any kind of comparative context risks diminishing its uniqueness and even detracts from the enormity of the Nazi crime. In reality, such a restricted understanding of 'uniqueness' haspulled the Holocaust apart from history and...

Donald Bloxham is Professor of Modern History at Edinburgh University. An expert in the history of genocide and the punishment of genocide, he is the author of Genocide on Trial (2001) and The Great Game of Genocide: Imperialism, Nationalism, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians (2005), both also published by Oxford Universit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:October 10, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199550344

ISBN - 13:9780199550340

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PrefaceGlossary and AbbreviationsIntroductionPart I: A European History of Violence1. Europe on the Brink2. The First World War Era3. Ethnopolitics, Geopolitics, and the Return to WarPart II: Nazism and the Final Solution4. Nazism and Germany5. Genocide in Germany's Eastern Empire6. The Patterns and Limits of the European GenocidePart III: Perpetrators and their Environment7. Why did they kill?Part IV: Civilization and the Holocaust8. Locating Genocide in the Human PastBibliography of Sources CitedIndex

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"The best discussion on the topic is now Donald Bloxham, The Great Game of Genocide : Imperialism, Nationalism, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians" --(Nicholas Doumanis, Historical Journal)