New Books Network

Liat Steir-Livny, “Remaking Holocaust Memory: Documentary Cinema by Third Generation Survivors in Israel” (Syracuse UP, 2019)
The Holocaust was and remains a central trauma in Israel’s national consciousness. It has found ample expressions in Israeli documentary cinema from 1945 until the present. Third-generation Holocaust survivors were born between the late 1960s and the early 1980s. They grew up in a society which acts out the trauma... Read More
Erik Sjöberg, “The Making of the Greek Genocide: Contested Memories of the Ottoman Greek Catastrophe” (Berghahn Books, 2018)
Most of the time, memory studies focuses on well-known case studies. The result Is that we know lots about commemoration and memory regarding the Holocaust, about slavery, about apartheid, and other cases, but much less about how memory works in smaller states and less well-known tragedies. Erik Sjöberg‘s new book... Read More
Carolyn J. Dean, “The Moral Witness: Trials and Testimony after Genocide” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Carolyn J. Dean’s The Moral Witness: Trials and Testimony after Genocide (Cornell University Press, 2019) examines the cultural history of the idea of the “witness to genocide” in Western Europe and the United States.  She portrays the witness in non-traditional genocide court trials as the moral compass.  In fact, many... Read More
Paul Thomas Chamberlin, “The Cold War’s Killing Fields: Rethinking the Long Peace” (Harper, 2018)
Paul Thomas Chamberlin has written a book about the Cold War that makes important claims about the nature and reasons for genocide in the last half of the twentieth century. In The Cold War’s Killing Fields: Rethinking the Long Peace (Harper, 2018), Chamberlin reminds us that the Cold War was... Read More
Jennifer Dixon, “Dark Pasts: Changing the State’s Story in Turkey and Japan” (Cornell UP, 2018)
Jennifer Dixon’s Dark Pasts: Changing the State’s Story in Turkey and Japan (Cornell University Press, 2018), investigates the Japanese and Turkish states’ narratives of their “dark pasts,” the Nanjing Massacre (1937-38) and Armenian Genocide (1915-17), respectively. The official version of history initially advocated by both states was similar in its adherence... Read More
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