This is not intended to be a bibliography on genocides, but merely a brief listing of some major works dealing with their comparative aspects.
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Read reviews of five recent books on Genocide Studies in an interview with Norman Naimark - Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning, The Years of Extermination by Saul Friedlander, Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder, Blood and Soil by Ben Kiernan, and A Problem from Hell by Samantha Power.
Frank Chalk and Kurt Jonassohn. The History and Sociology of Genocide: Analyses and Case Studies. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1990. See: Table of Contents.
Kurt Jonassohn and Karin Solveig Björnson. Genocide and Gross Human Rights Violations in Comparative Perspective. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publishers, 1998. See: Table of Contents.
The Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence is launched on the web. It provides chronological indexes, case studies, analytical contributions on socio-political violence in a given country, a glossary of the terms most often used in genocide studies as well as theoretical papers written by the most representative authors in the field. To view it, please click here: Encyclopedia of Mass Violence
Dinah L. Shelton (Editor in Chief) with Howard Adelman, Frank Chalk, Alexandre Kiss, and William A. Schabas (Associate Editors). Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. 3 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference (Thomson Gale), 2004.
See: Table of Contents (MS Word format). Purchase information.
Colin Tatz, Peter Arnold, and Sandra Tatz, editors. Genocide Perspectives II: Essays on Holocaust and Genocide. Sydney: Brandl & Schlesinger with the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 2003. See: Table of Contents.
Colin Tatz, editor-in-chief. Genocide Perspectives I: Essays in Comparative Genocide. Sydney: Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies, Macquarie University, 1997. See: Table of Contents.
(This is an annual publication. For more information.)
Leo Kuper. Genocide: Its Political Use In The Twentieth Century. New York: Penguin, 1981 and New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981.
Eric Weitz. A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003. See: Table of Contents. See review by Frank Chalk in Slavic Review 64, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 403-404.
Robert Gellately and Ben Kiernan.The Spector of Genocide: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. See: Table of Contents
Israel W. Charny, editor in chief. Encyclopedia of Genocide. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2000. For more information.
Israel W. Charny. How Can We Commit the Unthinkable? Genocide, The Human Cancer. Boulder, CO.: Westview Press, 1982
Isidor Walliman and Michael N. Dobkowski, eds. Genocide and the Modern Age: Etiology and Case Studies of Mass Death. New York: Greenwood, 1987.
Israel W. Charny, ed. Genocide: A Critical Bibliographic Review. 3 vols . London: Mansell and New York: Facts on File, 1988-1994.
Michael N. Dobkowski and Isidor Walliman. Genocide in Our Time. An Annotated Bibliography with Analytical Introductions. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Pierian Press, 1992.
Helen Fein. Genocide: A Sociological Perspective. London: Sage Publications, 1993.
R. I. Rummel. Death by Government: Genocide and Mass Murder since 1900. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publisher, 1994.
Yves Ternon. L’État criminel: Les Génocides au XXe siècle. Paris: Seuil, 1995. The German version is Der verbrecherische Staat: Volkermord im 20. Jahrhundert. Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 1996. (See book review in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, vol. 12 / 1, Spring 1998, pp. 172-175).
Irving Louis Horowitz. Taking Lives: Genocide and State Power. Fourth Edition. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publisher, 1997.
Alexander Laban Hinton. Annihilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. Table of Contents.
Benjamin A. Valentino. Final Solutions: Mass Killing and Genocide in the Twentieth Century. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.
Michael Mann. The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Table of Contents.
Manus I. Midlarsky. The Killing Trap: Genocide in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Table of Contents.
Mark Levene. Genocide in the Age of the Nation-State. London: I. B. Tauris, 2005-. Vol. 1: The Meaning of Genocide; Vol. 2: The Rise of the West and the Coming of Genocide.
Jacques Sémelin. Purifier et détruire: usage politiques des massacres et génocides. Paris: Seuil, 2005.
Adam Jones. Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction. London and New York: Routledge, 2006.
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For more recent books on comparative studies of genocide, connect to the Jonassohn Genocide Collection of the Concordia University Library.