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Author Melson, Robert, 1937-

Title Revolution and genocide : on the origins of the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust / Robert Melson ; with a foreword by Leo Kuper.

Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c1992.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Genocide Memorial Collection    956.62 MEL    Available
Description xxi, 363 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 335-350) and index.
Contents pt. I. Armenians and Jews under the old regimes in the Ottoman Empire and imperial Germany: Armenians in the Ottoman Empire : the massacres of 1894-1896 ; Jews in Imperial Germany : antisemitism and the upwardly mobile pariahs ; The failure of the antisemitic parties in imperial Germany -- pt. II. Armenians and Jews under revolutionary regimes in the Ottoman Empire and Germany: The Turkish revolution and the Armenian Genocide ; The German revolution and the rise of the Nazi Party ; The revolution and the war against the Jews -- pt. III. Conclusion: Similarities and differences between the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust ; Revolution and genocide.
Summary In a study that compares the major attempts at genocide in world history, Melson creates a sophisticated framework that links genocide to revolution and war. He focuses on the plight of Jews after the fall of Imperial Germany and of Armenians during the fall of the Ottoman Empire as well as attempted genocides in the Soviet Union and Cambodia. He argues that genocide often is the end result of a complex process that starts when revolutionaries smash an old regime and, in its wake, try to construct a society that is pure according to ideological standards.
Subject Armenian Genocide, 1915-1923.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Genocide -- Case studies.
ISBN 0226519902 (alk. paper)
9780226519906 (alk. paper)
0226519910 (pbk.)
9780226519913 (pbk.)

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