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Theatres Of Violence

Massacre, Mass Killing and Atrocity throughout History (War and Genocide)

By Philip Dwyer (Edited by), Lyndall Ryan (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 2015
Massacres and mass killings have always marked if not shaped the history of the world and as such are subjects of increasing interest among historians. The premise underlying this collection is that massacres were an integral, if not accepted part (until quite recently) of warfare, and that they were often fundamental to the colonizing process in the early modern and modern worlds. Making a deliberate distinction between 'massacre' and 'genocide', the editors call for an entirely separate and new subject under the rubric of 'Massacre Studies', dealing with mass killings that are not genocidal in intent. This volume offers a reflection on the nature of mass killings and extreme violence across regions and across centuries, and brings together a wide range of approaches and case studies.

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Illustrations, and Maps Acknowledgements Introduction:The Massacre and History Philip G. Dwyer and Lyndall Ryan PART I: MASSACRE AND ATROCITY IN THE ANCIENT AND PRE-MODERN ERAS Chapter 1. The Origins of Massacres John Docker Chapter 2. Massacres in the Peloponnesian War Brian Bosworth Chapter 3. "The Abominable Quibble": Alexander's Massacre of Indian Mercenaries at Massaga Elizabeth Baynham Chapter 4. The Roman Concept of Massacre: Julius Caesar in Gaul Jane Bellemore Chapter 5. Atrocity and Massacre in the High and Late Middle-Ages Laurence W. Marvin Chapter 6. A Sea of Blood? Massacres during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1641 - 53 Inga Jones PART II: THE COLONIAL FRONTIER Chapter 7. Looking the Other Way: The Gnadenhutten Massacre and the Contextual Interpretation of Violence Rob Harper Chapter 8. Settler Massacres on the Australian Colonial Frontier, 1836-1851 Lyndall Ryan Chapter 9. Tactics of Nineteenth Century Colonial Massacre: Tasmania, California and Beyond Benjamin Madley Chapter 10. A Blueprint for Massacre: The United States Army and the 1870 Blackfeet Massacre Blanca Tovias de Plaisted Chapter 11. When Massacre Appears: Representations of Australian Indigenous Massacres in Fiction Katrina Schlunke PART III: CONTESTED NARRATIVES: MEMORY, ATROCITY AND MASSACRE Chapter 12. Memories of Massacres and Atrocities during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars Philip G. Dwyer Chapter 13. Stalin's Trap: The Katyn Forest Massacre between Propaganda and Taboo Claudia Weber Chapter 14. The Great Secret: Sites of Mass Killings in Stalinist Russia Francois-Xavier Nerard Chapter 15. Spectacular Atrocities: Making Enemies during the 1965-1966 Massacres in Indonesia Annie Pohlman Chapter 16. A Necessary Salve: The 'Hue Massacre' in History and Memory Scott Laderman Chapter 17. A Battle for Perceptions: Revisiting the Cassinga Controversy in Southern Africa Gary Baines PART IV: THE DYNAMICS OF MODERN MASSACRE AND MASS KILLING Chapter 18. Method in their Madness: Understanding the Dynamics of the Italian Massacre of Ethiopian Civilians, February-May 1937 Giuseppe Finaldi Chapter 19. The Algerian War on French Soil : The Paris Massacre of 17 October 1961 Helene Jaccomard Chapter 20. Wedding Massacres and the War in Afghanistan Stephen J. Rockel Select Bibliography Notes on the Contributors Index

About the Author

Philip G. Dwyer is Associate Professor in Modern European History at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has published widely on the revolutionary and Napoleonic eras. His monograph Napoleon: The Path to Power, 1769-1799 (2008) won the Australian National Biography Award. Lyndall Ryan is Conjoint Professor of History at the University of Newcastle. Her classic text, The Aboriginal Tasmanians, first published in 1981, opened up the field of colonial frontier violence in Australia. Since then she has published widely on settler massacres on the Australian colonial frontier.

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"Making a distinction between 'massacre' and 'genocide,' the editors strive to launch a new field of 'massacre studies,' focusing on mass killings that are not genocidal in intent. The book should be added to any library collecting in the field of mass violence studies." * Choice " - an admirable and varied collection of 20 chapters on the phenomenon of massacre - The density of the volume is such that this review cannot do full justice to the quality of the contributions." * European History Quarterly "...{A] milestone on the path toward a more sophisticated analysis of a key feature of human cruelty - [This volume's] goal is exploration and inspiration of further research in, and discussion of, the history of massacres - [It] does an excellent job in doing exactly this, and I am sure it will serve for a long time as a major reference book in the broader field of mass violence studies." * Thomas Kuhne, Strassler Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Clark University

EAN: 9781782389224
ISBN: 1782389229
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.85 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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