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Holocaust Studies and Genocide Studies: past, present, and future

ByDonald Bloxham

This chapter explores ongoing tensions between Holocaust studies and genocide studies; it also discusses possibilities for synergy, especially the scope for the comparativist to capitalize on what already exists latently within the historiography and history of the Holocaust. I was prompted to sustained refl ection on relations between the two fi elds by the (ongoing) controversies following the publication of my work The Final Solution: A Genocide ( 2009 ) and repeatedly voiced criticisms by historian Omer Bartov in particular. 1 Bartov’s views constitute an important litmus test of the interaction between the fi elds because he has previously been one of the more conceptually adventurous Holocaust scholars.