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Key Themes

Edited by Donald Bloxham and A. Dirk Moses

Publication Date - 21 July 2022

ISBN: 9780192865267

432 pages
7.7 x 5.1 inches

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The growth of scholarship on the pressing problem of genocide shows no sign of abating. This volume takes stock of Genocide Studies in all its multi-disciplinary diversity by adopting a thematic rather than case-study approach. Each chapter is by an expert in the field and comprises an up-to-date survey of emerging and established areas of enquiry while highlighting problems and making suggestions about avenues for future research. Each essay also has a select bibliography to facilitate further reading. Key themes include imperial violence and military contexts for genocide, predicting, preventing, and prosecuting genocide, gender, ideology, the state, memory, transitional justice, and ecocide. The volume also scrutinises the concept of genocide - its elasticity, limits, and problems. It does not provide a definition of genocide but rather encourages the reader to think critically about genocide as a conceptual and legal category concerned with identity-based violence against civilians.


  • Provides a range of critical insights on an issue of major political and humanitarian importance
  • Delineates key themes of investigation and debate in the broad field of genocide studies
  • Encourages the reader to think critically about genocide as a conceptual and legal category concerned with identity-based violence against civilians
  • Provides accessible essays, with select bibliographies, by experts in the field

About the Author(s)

Donald Bloxham, Richard Pares Professor of History, University of Edinburgh,A. Dirk Moses, Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of Global Human Rights History, University of North Carolina

Donald Bloxham is Richard Pares Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh. He was appointed to Edinburgh in 2002 having previously been a Leverhulme Special Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and Research Director at the charity the Holocaust Educational Trust. At Edinburgh he was promoted to a personal chair in modern history in 2007 and to the established Pares chair in 2011. He is the author of seven books and more than sixty journal articles and book chapters. He is a former winner of a Philip Leverhulme Prize and the Raphael Lemkin Award for Genocide Scholarship.

A. Dirk Moses is Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of Global Human Rights History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 2000 to 2010 and 2016 to 2020, he taught at the University of Sydney. Between 2011 and 2015, he held the Chair of Global and Colonial History at the European University Institute, Florence. He is the senior editor of the Journal of Genocide Research.

Table of Contents

    Editors' Introduction, Donald Bloxham and A. Dirk Moses
    1. Fit for Purpose? The Concept of Genocide and Civilian Destruction, A. Dirk Moses
    2. Predicting Genocide, Hollie Nyseth Brehm
    3. The Absence of Genocide in the Presence of Risk: When Genocide does not Occur, Deborah Mayersen and Stephen McLoughlin
    4. Gender and Genocide, Elisa von Joeden-Forgey
    5. Ideology and Genocide, Jonathan Leader Maynard
    6. The State and Genocide, Anton Weiss-Wendt
    7. Empire and Genocide, Matthias Häussler, Andreas Stucki, and Lorenzo Veracini
    8. War and Genocide, Michelle Moyd
    9. Memory and Genocide, Dan Stone and Rebecca Jinks
    10. Armed intervention in Genocide, Alex Bellamy and Stephen McLoughlin
    11. Genocide and the Politics of Punishment, Donald Bloxham and Devin O. Pendas
    12. Genocide and the Limits of Transitional Justice, Rachel Kerr
    13. From Past to Future: Prospects for Genocide and its Avoidance in the Twenty-First Century, Mark Levene

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