Anatomy of a Genocide by Omer Bartov – review

Genocide is generally conceived of as violence by centralised perpetrators, usually states and regimes, towards whole population groups. In the last two decades, however, there has been more emphasis on the typical complexity of perpetrator forces, including the roles of ancillary states, paramilitaries and even civilians. Few, however, have looked unremittingly at genocide from the… Continue reading Anatomy of a Genocide by Omer Bartov – review

The Soviet Union and the Gutting of the Genocide Convention: review

The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide is unusual even in the realm of international criminal law, where enforcement is generally limited due to the priority of state sovereignty and the weakness of international policing and judicial authorities. The Convention, adopted by the United Nations on 9 December 1948, defines… Continue reading The Soviet Union and the Gutting of the Genocide Convention: review

Daniel Feierstein, ‘Reorganising Genocide’ and Argentina (review)

Daniel Feierstein, Genocide as a Social Practice: Reorganizing Society under the Nazis and Argentina‚Äôs Military Juntas. Translated from Spanish (Argentine) by Douglas Andrew Town. Rutgers University Press, 2014. Daniel Feierstein sent me an advance copy of the English translation of Genocidio como Practicio Social, his study of the Nazis and the Argentine military junta as… Continue reading Daniel Feierstein, ‘Reorganising Genocide’ and Argentina (review)

Review of Global Civil Society 2012: Ten Years of Critical Reflection

New review for the LSE Review of Books Global Civil Society 2012: Ten Years of Critical Reflection. Mary Kaldor, Henrietta L. Moore and Sabine Selchow (eds). Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. Global civil society is an idea of the period since the end of the Cold War: it has reformulated the old idea of civil society for… Continue reading Review of Global Civil Society 2012: Ten Years of Critical Reflection

Paul Preston, The Spanish Holocaust, review

A draft of my review of this important new book, published this month in the Journal of Genocide Research, 15, 2, 2013. Paul Preston, The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain. New York: Harper, 2012. What happened in Spain in the 1930s has hardly been reckoned with in that country even eight decades… Continue reading Paul Preston, The Spanish Holocaust, review

Genocide in Latin America during the Cold War: book review

Draft of my review of Marcia Esparza, Henry R. Huttenbach, and Daniel Feierstein (eds.), State Violence and Genocide in Latin America: The Cold War Years. London: Routledge, 2010. To appear in Democracy and Security, September 2012. Latin America was the site of much political violence in the Cold War period but - apart from the… Continue reading Genocide in Latin America during the Cold War: book review