Encyclopedia of Genocide

Encyclopedia of Genocide
Publisher: ABC-Clio Inc
Book: 720 pages
Date: 1999
Format: CHM
Size: 5,7 MB

Content is divided into two parts. Part one, “Definitions of Genocide and the Study of Genocide,” contains several fairly long essays on important concepts such as democide and the use of the word holocaust. In part two, “Genocidal Events, Intervention, and Prevention,” entries are in alphabetical order, from Adana massacre (one of a series of large-scale massacres of Armenians in the early twentieth century) to Yugoslavia, genocide in. A number of the entries are biographical, for individuals ranging from Genghis Khan to Elie Wiesel. Many entries include sidebars that present supplemental and background information and verbatim texts of genocide-related documents. Each entry concludes with a short bibliography.

The “How to Use This Encyclopedia” that introduces each volume suggests searching the table of contents to locate topics of interest. This is no easy task, however, because the contents list is confusing; the detailed index is a much more straightforward route to information. In addition, more attention to design details would have improved both the encyclopedia’s look and its ease of use. Much of the sidebar material is not documented adequately. Attribution is either to “Press Reports” or to individuals, with no citations for specific news sources, speeches, books, articles, etc.

These flaws notwithstanding, the encyclopedia contains a myriad of information about an important topic, and Charny is to be commended for his effort. Despite the problems, this resource is recommended for academic libraries and libraries where research includes the Holocaust and other genocide. The reading level, cost, and arrangement make it most suitable for larger collections.


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