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Is the Holocaust Unique? Perspectives on Comparative Genocide by Alan S. Rosenbaum

Is the Holocaust Unique? Perspectives on Comparative Genocide


Is the Holocaust Unique? Perspectives on Comparative Genocide by Alan S. Rosenbaum

In essays written specifically for this volume, distinguished contributors assess highly charged and fundamental questions about the Holocaust: Is it unique? How can it be compared with other instances of genocide? What constitutes genocide, and how should the international community respond? On one side of the dispute are those who fear that if the Holocaust is seen as the worst case of genocide ever, its character will diminish the sufferings of other persecuted groups. On the other side are those who argue that unless the Holocaust's uniqueness is established, the inevitable tendency will be to diminish its abiding significance. The editor's introductions provide the contextual considerations for understanding this multidimensional dispute and suggest that there are universal lessons to be learned from studying the Holocaust. The third edition brings this volume up to date and includes new readings on the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides, common themes in genocide ideologies, and Iran's reaction to the Holocaust. In a world where genocide persists and the global community continues to struggle with the implications of international crime, prosecution, justice, atonement, reparation, and healing, the issues addressed in this book are as relevant as ever.


Is the Holocaust Unique? is firmly established as a classic of Holocaust and genocide studies. This third edition, with its wealth of new essays and insights, is the richest and most provocative yet. -Adam Jones, University of British Columbia Okanagan, author of Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction Professor Rosenbaum has masterfully edited a landmark in this comprehensive, well-balanced, and compassionate study of the most systematic attempt at annihilating an entire race in the history of humankind. Seen in light of a current trend toward justice violations-from torture and extraordinary rendition to 'preemptive

-the chapters of this volume may be potent reminders of just how violable the line is between sanity and savagery. -Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D., Editor, International Journal of Applied Philosophy With no dearth of ongoing challenges to human rights around the world, including the continued conflicts in Africa and renewed attention on global legal issues such as war crimes and crimes against humanity, the general theme of the book is as timely as ever. ... This volume is intended to provide food for thought and provoke ongoing inquiry into questions of comparative genocide. It surely does. -Cleveland Jewish News

About the Author

p class= MsoNormal style= margin: 0in 0in 0pt Alan S. Rosenbaum is professor of philosophy at Cleveland State University and the author of Prosecuting Nazi War Criminals The Philosophy of Human Rights Coercion and Autonomy and Constitutionalism: The Philosophical Dimension. His many articles have appeared in professional publications such as The encyclopaedia of Genocide The National Law Journal The International Journal of Applied Philosophy The Genocidal Mind and The Journal of Social Philosophy.

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Publication date

30th December 2008


Alan S. Rosenbaum

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Westview Press Inc an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc


384 pages


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