By Parsons Totten
Via strong first-person debts, scholarly analyses and old information, Century of Genocide takes at the activity of explaining how and why genocides were perpetrated during the process the 20 th century. The publication assembles a gaggle of overseas students to debate the factors, effects, and ramifications of those genocides: from the Armenians within the Ottoman Empire; to the Jews, Romani, and the mentally and bodily handicapped in the course of the Holocaust; and genocides in East Timor, Bangladesh, and Cambodia. the second one version has been totally up to date and lines new chapters at the genocide within the former Yugoslavia and the mass killing of the Kurds in Iraq, in addition to a bankruptcy at the query of even if the placement in Kosovo constituted genocide. It concludes with an essay pertaining to equipment of intervention and prevention of destiny genocide.
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They also stated that Maherero and several other leaders had crossed the desert and found refuge in British territory. On October 2, 1904, von Trotha promulgated his infamous Schrecklichkeit (Atrocity or Extermination) order in an attempt to stamp out the last embers of the revolt before the end of the year. The order read as follows (Drechsler, 1980, p. 156): Osombo-Windimbe October 2, 1904 I, the great general of the German troops, send this letter to the Herero people. Hereros are no longer German subjects.
Introduction • 7 There are numerous reasons as to why there is a dearth of first-person accounts of various genocidal acts, but among the main ones are the following: The survivors may not have been literate, and thus did not have the means to develop a written record; in the aftermath of the genocide the survivors may have had to struggle simply to survive, thus documenting their tragedy was not foremost on their minds; the survivors may not have had the financial means to take the time to record and collect testimony; the survivors may not have had a constituency that was interested in their plight, and thus no one collected or supported documentation of their tragedy; the survivors may have been (or continue to be) leery of people who question them about their plight; and some survivors may have continued to live under the very regime that perpetrated the genocide, which, in turn, prevented (through censorship, coercion, or threats of violence) the survivors or others from documenting the atrocities (Totten, 1991b, pp.
While the Holocaust is certainly the most heavily documented and studied genocide, other genocidal events suffer from a dearth of scholarly examination. This must be addressed. There is also a great need to continue the scholarly work that has been undertaken of late to understand the processes that lead up to and eventuate in acts of genocide. Certain scholars and activists seem to have come to the conclusion that if there is ever going to be any hope at all in regard to preventing genocide then they (and not governments) are going to have to be the catalyst behind such hope.