New Books Network

Maureen S. Hiebert, “Constructing Genocide and Mass Violence:  Society, Crisis, Identity” (Routledge, 2017)
How can this happen? If there’s any question that people interested in genocide ask, it’s this one. How can people do this to each other? How can this be possible? What is wrong with this world that this can happen? Maureen Hiebert‘s book Constructing Genocide and Mass Violence: Society, Crisis,... Read More
David Gaunt, “Let Them Not Return” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Sometimes it seems that there’s nothing left to say about mass violence in the 20th century.  But the new edited volume Let Them Not Return: Sayfo – The Genocide Against the Assyrian, Syriac, and Chaldean Christians in the Ottoman Empire (Berghahn Books, 2017), draws our attention to a conflict that... Read More
Tsega Etefa, “The Origins of Ethnic Conflict in Africa: Politics and Violence in Darfur, Oromia, and the Tana Delta” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019) 
Are ethnic conflicts in Africa the product of age-old ancient hatreds? Tsega Etefa’s new book, The Origins of Ethnic Conflict in Africa: Politics and Violence in Darfur, Oromia, and the Tana Delta (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019), provides an answer, arguing that elites mobilize their co-ethnics for political gain. To do so,... Read More
Reinhart Kössler, “Namibia and Germany: Negotiating the Past” (U Namibia Press, 2015)
Today’s Namibia was once the German colony of South West Africa, for a 30-year period spanning of 1884 to 1915. From 1904-1908, German colonial troops committed the first genocide of the 20th century against the Herero and Nama people, many of whom rebelled against the labour and land impositions of... Read More
David Slucki, “Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons” (Wayne State UP, 2019)
In Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons (Wayne State University Press, 2019), David Slucki, Assistant Professor in the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston, gives us a very different type of history book. Slucki’s memoir blends the scholarly and literary, grounding the story of... Read More
James W. Pardew, “Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans” (U Kentucky Press, 2017)
In his book  Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans (University of Kentucky Press, 2017), Ambassador James W. Pardew describes the role of the U.S. involvement in ending the wars and genocide in the Balkans.  As a soldier-diplomat, Pardew reminds us of the human nature of diplomacy. ... Read More
Benjamin Meiches, “The Politics of Annihilation: A Genealogy of Genocide” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
In The Politics of Annihilation: A Genealogy of Genocide (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), Benjamin Meiches takes a novel approach to the study of genocide by analyzing the ways in which ideas, concepts, and understandings about what genocide is and how it is to be prevented have become entrenched politically and intellectually.... Read More