Review of Mann, The Dark Side of Democracy, for Sociology, 2006

When a sociologist as important as Michael Mann publishes three books in just over a year, two of them clearly major works and the third on the big political questions of the day, it is clearly an event for the field. The first two are fruits of a big detour from the third volume of… Continue reading Review of Mann, The Dark Side of Democracy, for Sociology, 2006

Review of Bell, The First Total War, for JGR, 2007

David A. Bell, The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-618-34965-4, 0-618-34965-0, 420 pp, $27. This book deserves its modest celebrity, not so much because it expresses the new, post-Iraq scepticism towards war - the connections are explicit but not particularly… Continue reading Review of Bell, The First Total War, for JGR, 2007

Review of Moses and Stone, eds, Colonialism and Genocide, for JGR, 2007

Dirk A. Moses and Dan Stone, editors, Colonialism and Genocide, London: Routledge, 2007, ISBN 0-415-40066-X The relationship between colonialism and genocide is becoming an ever more important topic in genocide studies, and the republication in book form of this seminal issue of Patterns of Prejudice is a very welcome event. Although, as a collection of… Continue reading Review of Moses and Stone, eds, Colonialism and Genocide, for JGR, 2007

Review of Straus, The Order of Genocide, in World Politics, 2007

The Order of Genocide. By Scott Straus. Cornell University Press, 2006. 273p. $27.95 cloth. Studies of the 1994 Rwandan genocide have moved, Scott Straus argues, beyond simplistic interpretations in terms of ‘tribal’ or ‘ancient’ hatreds (interpretations that were, in truth, more those of the media and politicians than of the early academic literature) towards a… Continue reading Review of Straus, The Order of Genocide, in World Politics, 2007

Review of Stone, ed., The Historiography of Genocide and Bloxham, Genocide, The World Wars and the Unweaving of Europe, for JGR, 2008

Dan Stone, ed., The Historiography of Genocide. Basingstoke and New York:  Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008, 640 pp.  ISBN 978 1 4039 9219 2 (cloth). Donald Bloxham, Genocide, The World Wars and the Unweaving of Europe, London and Portland, OR: Vallentine Mitchell, 2008, 268 pp.  ISBN 978 0 85303 720 0 (cloth),  978 0 85303 721 7 (paper).… Continue reading Review of Stone, ed., The Historiography of Genocide and Bloxham, Genocide, The World Wars and the Unweaving of Europe, for JGR, 2008

Review of Fournet, The Crime of Destruction and the Law of Genocide, for Journal of Genocide Research 2008

The Crime of Destruction and the Law of Genocide: Their Impact on Collective Memory Caroline Fournet Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007 208 pp, $99.95 (hbk) Few, if any, genocide scholars doubt that there are defects in the Genocide Convention, but Caroline Fournet’s committed and often forceful argument moves the discussion beyond some of the most commonly noted… Continue reading Review of Fournet, The Crime of Destruction and the Law of Genocide, for Journal of Genocide Research 2008