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Modern Genocide

Understanding Causes and Consequences (Academic)

by Padraic (Pat) Carlin, Paul R. Bartrop, Roger W. Smith, and Dr. Lee W. Eysturlid, Editors


History has repeatedly demonstrated that humans are capable of great inhumanity. Any purposeful study of history must include a careful examination of genocide, as difficult and uncomfortable as this subject may be. In order to become informed world citizens, today's students need to understand the terrible price of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping—and to know what monumental injustice can result from indifference and reluctance to speak out.

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This full, rich, comprehensive resource vetted by a prominent advisory board provides definitive expertise on the sensitive and hard-to-teach topic of genocide.

Studying past genocides brings the corrosive power of prejudice and hatred into sharp focus and represents a "living memorial" to those who perished. Just as importantly, learning about past atrocities provides hope for the future: as young adults learn about the historical, social, religious, political, and economic factors that have resulted in genocide, they comprehend that it is the responsibility of individual citizens—including themselves—to recognize the danger signals and to prevent another nascent genocide from becoming reality.

Consistent with ABC-CLIO's other award-winning Solutions databases, Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences is structured to ensure that students find it extremely easy to use. It comprises three components: an online textbook, constantly updated to ensure that its contents are current and accurate; perspectives that support critical-thinking skills and invite student engagement with the sensitive subject matter; and a supporting reference library on genocide. The "textbook" portion provides a comprehensive text complimented by powerful visual elements on 10 genocides, including the Armenian genocide, the Cambodian genocide, the Herero genocide, the Holocaust, and the Rwandan genocide.

Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences also includes more than 200 primary sources such as memoirs, narratives, and domestic and international legal documents that illustrate the process and outcome of genocide, as well as first-hand accounts that vividly depict the impact of destruction on entire societies as well as on individuals' lives. These invaluable resources enable students to fully grasp the history and events of each modern genocide and can be used as a springboard for the discussion of human and civil rights issues.


  • Comprises more than 1,250 reference items that cover important individuals, events, organizations, and places related to genocide
  • Covers 10 modern genocides in depth, allowing students to see repeating patterns in history
  • Provides Feature Stories that present timely original material and connect current events with historical reference, giving students a stronger sense of connection to the event
  • Includes essays that discuss topics integral to the subject of genocide, such as the factors that precede and cause genocide, the denial movements related to particular genocides, the role of propaganda in persuading the public to participate in genocide, and other mass killings and massacres not considered genocide by UN standards


  • Comprises authoritative material written by more than 200 contributors, overseen by an expert advisory board
  • Includes more than 200 primary sources that allow students to fully grasp the contemporary history and events of each modern genocide
  • Offers numerous Support Center activities created by Sara Cohan, director of the Genocide Education Project, that guide students and teachers through this sensitive material
  • Utilizes the widely accepted "eight stages of genocide" framework developed by Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch, to provide educators with a powerful tool for teaching students how genocides occur and what can be done to prevent them
  • Provides a complete media library comprising hundreds of photographs, maps, and videos
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The ABC-CLIO Solutions Academic Edition suite supplies the digital reference collections and full-text scholarship integral to undergraduate research in the humanities. In each of the suite’s 14 dynamic and discipline-specific databases, student researchers are empowered to broaden their understandings, analyze historical and societal complexities, and develop innovative and informed perspectives.

Contributions from more than 3,000 field scholars and real-time updates ensure researchers are always accessing relevant and credible material. Across all 14 databases, investigations into critical topics yield three integrated but distinct content components to support thesis-driven research:

Original journal articles, authored by leading academics and vetted by advisory boards of credentialed experts, that offer varied viewpoints on the complexities and nuances inherent in the discipline to serve as both sources and exemplars of evidence-based scholarly thought,

A robust reference library that draws from 200,000+ primary and secondary sources, including media and data,

And a course companion, comprised of both text and video lectures, designed to reinforce coursework or drive independent study.


  • Coverage spans the humanities, from core disciplines like American history to emergent fields of study, including modern genocide and popular culture.
  • All material is authored by accomplished academics and vetted by database-specific advisory boards, while daily updates across the suite ensure that database content evolves to reflect changing understandings and developments in the field.
  • Both browsing and linear learning are supported by the databases’ topic center structure, with each topic center housing a variety of relevant content including primary sources, reference material, and journal articles.
  • Targeted research is served by the federated search engine, which pulls content from across multiple databases to connect students with any and all applicable material. Researchers can then apply advanced search filters to locate the precise resources they seek.
  • Built-in tools are available to support and streamline the research process, including the cite tool for instant citation generation and the CLIOview feature for comparative data analysis.
Advisory Board

Paul R. Bartrop is professor of history and director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. He was the 2011–2012 Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Richard Stockton College. Prior to this appointment, he was head of the Department of History at Bialik College, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, between 2003 and 2011, teaching a range of subjects in history, Jewish studies, international studies, and comparative genocide studies. Bartrop is a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and a past president of the Australian Association of Jewish Studies. His latest published work is ABC-CLIO'S A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good.

Steven Leonard Jacobs is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Alabama, where he holds the Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies. He received his BHL, MAHL, DHL, and DD from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Author, editor, and/or translator of more than 15 books and 50 academic articles and reviews, his primary research foci are the Holocaust/Shoah and historical and contemporary genocides, Hebrew Bible and New Testament and issues of translation, and Jewish-Christian relations. His latest book is Lemkin on Genocide. Jacobs also served as associate editor of The Journal for the Study of Antisemitism and the editorial board of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Journal Studies.



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