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Theatres of violence; massacre, mass killing, and atrocity throughout history.


Theatres of violence; massacre, mass killing, and atrocity throughout history.

Ed. by Philip G. Dwyer and Lyndall Ryan.

Berghahn Books

323 pages



War and genocide; v.11


Editors Dwyer (history, U. of Newcastle) and Ryan (history, U. of Newcastle) compile studies of massacres, mass killings and atrocities in the context of war and colonization throughout history to illustrate the historical role of these events (as distinguished from genocide) as an accepted consequence of war. Sections examine massacre and atrocity in ancient and pre-modern eras and colonial eras, memory and contested narratives and the dynamics of mass killings and atrocity in modern times. While containing jarring and sometimes lurid descriptions of violence, the difficult subject matter in these essays is given thoughtful context within the broader scope of history and examples are chosen well to support the central thesis. (A[c] Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Date:Jun 1, 2012
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