Atrocities, Massacres, and War Crimes

An Encyclopedia

by Alexander Mikaberidze, Editor


Throughout human history, conflicts have provoked appalling acts of inhumanity.

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June 2013


Pages 844
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Military History/Genocide and War Crimes

Both concise and wide-ranging, this encyclopedia covers massacres, atrocities, war crimes, and genocides, including acts of inhumanity on all continents; and serves as a reminder that lest we forget, history will repeat itself.

The 400-plus entries in Atrocities, Massacres, and War Crimes: An Encyclopedia provide accessible and concise information on the difficult subject of abject human violence committed on all continents. The entries in this two-volume work describe atrocities, massacres, and war crimes committed in the 20th century, thereby documenting how human beings have repeatedly proven their capability to commit horrific acts of inhumanity even in relatively recent times and within the modern era. The encyclopedia covers countries, treaties, and terms; profiles individuals who had been formally indicted for war crimes as well as those who have committed mass atrocities and gone unpunished; and addresses human rights violations, crimes against humanity, and crimes against peace.


  • Provides coverage of atrocities, massacres, and war crimes that is wide-ranging in scope and historical perspective, covering everything from genocides to isolated actions that constituted grave breaches of the laws of war
  • Comprises contributions from over 200 scholars, including international law experts currently prosecuting war crimes
  • Contains a lengthy chronology of major atrocities throughout history
  • Written in accessible and clear language appropriate for college freshmen and general readers
Author Info

Alexander Mikaberidze is assistant professor of history at Louisiana State University, Shreveport, and an award-winning author and editor of over a dozen titles, including ABC-CLIO's Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia.



"Mikaberidze's Atrocities, Massacres, and War Crimes: An Encyclopedia collects a wide variety of events, people, and activities over a significant span of time into one resource. The subject coverage is wide and subjects are thoughtfully approached from varying perspectives. The encyclopedia is suitable for high school and undergraduate libraries as well as for a general readership."Reference Reviews

"This encyclopedia is a solid, well-organized introduction to a violent, unfortunate, yet important aspect of human history."Choice

"Written for an audience of high school and undergraduate college students, this very accessible and informative work would be a worthwhile purchase for libraries serving not only those populations but also most public libraries as well. An overall excellent contribution to the literature of its field."Library Journal

"A very good encyclopedia that provides fine overviews on a somber topic. This work is recommended for high school and university libraries."ARBA

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