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Why Not Kill Them All?: The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder Daniel Chirot Paperback

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Why Not Kill Them All?: The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder   Daniel Chirot   Paperback

Why Not Kill Them All?: The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder Daniel Chirot Paperback


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Genocide, mass murder, massacres. The words themselves are chilling, evoking images of the slaughter of countless innocents. What dark impulses lurk in our minds that even today can justify the eradication of thousands and even millions of unarmed human beings caught in the crossfire of political, cultural, or ethnic hostilities? This question lies at the heart ofWhy Not Kill Them All?Cowritten by historical sociologist Daniel Chirot and psychologist Clark McCauley, the book goes beyond exploring the motives that have provided the psychological underpinnings for genocidal killings. It offers a historical and comparative context that adds up to a causal taxonomy of genocidal events. Rather than suggesting that such horrors are the product of abnormal or criminal minds, the authors emphasize the normality of these horrors: killing by category has occurred on every continent and in every century. But genocide is much less common than the imbalance of power that makes it possible. Througho...

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