2013 Genocide and International Relations: Changing Patterns in the Upheavals of the Late Modern World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2007 What is Genocide? Cambridge: Polity, 176 pp. Watch video.

2003 War and Genocide: Organized Killing in Modern Society. Cambridge: Polity, 244 pp.


2010 ‘Palestine in an International Historical Perspective on Genocide’Holy Land Studies, 9, 1, pp. 1-24.

‘The question of genocide in Palestine, 1948: a debate between Martin Shaw and Omer Bartov’Journal of Genocide Research, Volume 12 Issue 3 & 4 2010, 243-259.

‘Sociology and Genocide’ in A. Dirk Moses and D. Bloxham, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 142-62.

2009 Review forum on Jacques Semelin’s Purify and Destroy, Journal of Genocide Research, 11:1, 149-63.

‘Genocide in the Global Age’, in Bryan S. Wilson, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Globalisation Studies, London: Routledge, pp. 312-27.

‘Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks for Organised Violence’, International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 3, 1, pp. 97-106.

‘The general hybridity of war and genocide’Journal of Genocide Research, 9, 3, 2007, 461-73.

2006 ‘The Sources of Social Power and the Sociology of Genocide’Sociology, 40, 1, 177-83.

2004 ‘New wars of the city: “urbicide” and “genocide”‘ in Steve Graham, ed., Cities, War, and Terrorism, Oxford: Blackwell, 141-53.

2 thoughts on “genocide”

  1. Dear Professor Shaw,

    I would be very much interested in your opinion on American foreign relations. In your own definition of genocide, could what America is doing to the middle east be classified as a genocide?

    I’m currently working on a dissertation in Philosophy and Ethics and any insight would be invaluable to me.

    Yours sincerely,
    Zoe Todd

    1. Sorry for the delay in replying. No, what the USA is doing in the Middle East cannot be classed as genocide. However some of its actions might be considered war crimes, and the US intervention in Iraq in 2003 certainly helped cause the emergence of Islamic State, which is widely considered to have committed genocide.

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