New Books Network

Andrew Wallis, “Stepp’d in Blood:  Akazu and the Architects of the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsis” (Zero Books, 2019)
Last month Rwanda commemorated the 25th anniversary of the genocide. Unlike the recent outpouring of books marking hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, there was only a short flurry of newspaper and radio remembrances of the events of April and May of 1994. The number of... Read More
Henning Pieper, “Fegelein’s Horsemen and Genocidal Warfare: The SS Cavalry Brigade in the Soviet Union” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
In his book, Fegelein’s Horsemen and Genocidal Warfare: The SS Cavalry Brigade in the Soviet Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Dr. Henning Pieper, examines the conduct of the SS Cavalry Brigade during World War II. The SS Cavalry Brigade was a unit of the Waffen-SS that differed from other German military formations... Read More
Deborah E. Lipstadt, “Antisemitism: Here and Now” (Schocken, 2019)
Over the past decade, and especially in the last several years, anti-Semitic crimes have increased significantly. According to FBI Statistics, hate crimes against Jews in the US spiked 37% between 2016 and 2017. We are witnessing similar trends in Canada, where anti-Semitic crimes increased by 60% since last year, according... Read More
Amit Pinchevski, “Transmitted Wounds: Media and the Mediation of Trauma” (Oxford UP, 2019)
What does it mean to consider trauma and media from the perspective of technology and not from that of the subject of trauma, the clinician or the witness? In Transmitted Wounds: Media and the Mediation of Trauma (Oxford University Press, 2019), Amit Pinchevski carries out this thought experiment to great effect.... Read More
Susan Thomson, “Rwanda: From Genocide to Precarious Peace” (Yale UP, 2018)
How do you put Humpty-Dumpty back together again? Susan Thomson‘s new book Rwanda: From Genocide to Precarious Peace (Yale University Press, 2018) examines the postwar history of Rwanda to consider the ways the Rwandan genocide shaped governance, policy and memory in that country.  She begins by recounting what we now know... Read More
Daniel Unowsky, “The Plunder: The 1898 Anti-Jewish Riots in Habsburg Galicia” (Stanford UP, 2018)
Daniel Unowsky‘s book isn’t about a genocide or other incident of mass violence. Instead, The Plunder: The 1898 Anti-Jewish Riots in Habsburg Galicia (Stanford UP, 2018) examines a series of riots against Jews in Habsburg Galicia in the year 1898. Unowsky tries to understand how, in an Empire built around... Read More
Special Discussion: Approaches to Textbooks on Genocide
How do you write a textbook about genocide? Consider what such a textbook must do.  It needs to integrate insights from a variety of disciplines. It must make complicated legal and definitional issues clear and compelling. It needs to make historical accounts meaningful yet concise.  It needs to consider the... Read More