The Genocide Debate: Politicians, Academics, and Victims

Hardcover | August 15, 2011

byDonald W. Beachler, Donald W Beachler

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An exploration of the political constraints and imperatives that motivate debates about genocide in the academic world and, to a lesser extent, policy choices in the political arena, this book is an analysis of the ways that political interests shape discourse about genocide. It consists of case studies of Cambodia, Bangladesh, the Ottoman Armenians, and the Holocaust, and a comparative study of the concept of genocide provocation as applied to the Armenians and Rwandan Tutsis.

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An exploration of the political constraints and imperatives that motivate debates about genocide in the academic world and, to a lesser extent, policy choices in the political arena, this book is an analysis of the ways that political interests shape discourse about genocide. It consists of case studies of Cambodia, Bangladesh, the Ott...

Donald W. Beachler is an Associate Professor of Politics at Ithaca College. He has co-authored two books on U.S. presidential elections and published articles in professional journals on genocide and various topics in American politics.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:212 pages, 8.64 × 5.77 × 0.7 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230114148

ISBN - 13:9780230114142

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Table of Contents

Introduction:  A Most Sensitive Matter * Bangladesh: The Politics of Genocide Neglect * Arguing About Cambodia Genocide and Political Interest * Who Was the Biggest Victim? Genocide and the Politics of Suffering * The Disputed Fate of the Ottoman Armenians * Genocide Provocation:  The Ottoman Armenians and the Rwandan Tutsis * Final Thoughts: Still Others Seek Their Due

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"In his timely new book, The Genocide Debate, Donald W. Beachler makes a compelling case that studying the politics of genocide scholarship is as important as studying genocide itself. By showing how different episodes of mass killing--in Rwanda, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Nazi Germany, and the Ottoman Empire--have been politicized, he offers a useful comparative perspective on a topic of great contemporary relevance."--Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, Associate Professor of History and Director, Judaic Studies Program, Fairfield University