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Books

Social Aspects of Memory: Stories of Victims and Perpetrators from Bosnia-Herzegovina

By Alma Jeftic. Social Aspects of Memory presents a compelling study of how ordinary people remember war events. Focusing on the divided city of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, the book adopts a unique approach, looking at how perpetrators and victims (as well as new generations) manage in the aftermath. Drawing on the author’s own empirical…

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Holocaust Perpetrators of the German Police Battalions: The Mass Murder of Jewish Civilians, 1940-1942

By Ian Rich. Holocaust Perpetrators of the German Police Battalions is the first comprehensive English-language study of the structures and actions of German Police battalions in Poland and Ukraine between 1940 and 1942. Using these case studies, Ian Rich draws attention to the actions and motivations of individual lower-ranking policemen who participated in the mass…

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Stormtroopers: A New History of Hitler’s Brownshirts

By Daniel Siemens. The first full history of the Nazi Stormtroopers whose muscle brought Hitler to power, with revelations concerning their longevity and their contributions to the Holocaust Germany’s Stormtroopers engaged in a vicious siege of violence that propelled the National Socialists to power in the 1930s. Known also as the SA or Brownshirts, these…

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Traitors, Collaborators and Deserters in Contemporary European Politics of Memory: Formulas of Betrayal

Edited by Gelinada Grinchenko and Eleonora Narvselius. This volume offers a multidisciplinary approach to shaping and imposition of “formulas for betrayal” as a result of changing memory politics in post-war Europe. The contributors, who specialize in history, sociology, anthropology, memory studies, media studies and cultural studies, discuss the exertion of political control over memory (including…

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The Army and the Indonesian Genocide: Mechanics of Mass Murder

By Jess Melvin. For the past half century, the Indonesian military has depicted the 1965-66 killings, which resulted in the murder of approximately one million unarmed civilians, as the outcome of a spontaneous uprising. This formulation not only denied military agency behind the killings, it also denied that the killings could ever be understood as…

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Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide

By Taner Akçam. The book represents an earthquake in genocide studies, particularly in the field of Armenian Genocide research. A unique feature of the Armenian Genocide has been the long-standing efforts of successive Turkish governments to deny its historicity and to hide the documentary evidence surrounding it. This book provides a major clarification of the often blurred lines…

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Argentina Betrayed: Memory, Mourning, and Accountability

By Antonius C. G. M. Robben. The ruthless military dictatorship that ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983 betrayed the country’s people, presiding over massive disappearances of its citizenry and, in the process, destroying the state’s trustworthiness as the guardian of safety and well-being. Desperate relatives risked their lives to find the disappeared, and one group…

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The Justice Facade: Trials of Transition in Cambodia

By Alexander Hinton. Is there a point to international justice? Many contend that tribunals deliver not only justice but truth, reconciliation, peace, democratization, and the rule of law. These are the transitional justice ideals frequently invoked in relation to the international hybrid tribunal in Cambodia that is trying senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime for…

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Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into—and Out of—Violent Extremism

By Michael Kimmel. What draws young men into violent extremist groups? What are the ideologies that inspire them to join? And what are the emotional bonds forged that make it difficult to leave, even when they want to? Having conducted in-depth interviews with ex–white nationalists and neo-Nazis in the United States, as well as ex-skinheads…

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Emotions and Mass Atrocity: Philosophical and Theoretical Explanations

Edited by Thomas Brudholm and Johannes Lang. The study of genocide and mass atrocity abounds with references to emotions: fear, anger, horror, shame and hatred. Yet we don’t understand enough about how ‘ordinary’ emotions behave in such extreme contexts. Emotions are not merely subjective and interpersonal phenomena; they are also powerful social and political forces,…

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