"Genocide" may be the most powerful word in the English language. What is the significance and relevance of this formative concept today? In an extraordinarily wide-ranging collection of essays and interviews, Adam Jones, one of the world's leading genocide scholars, explores the uses and controversies surrounding the term that Raphael Lemkin coined during the Second World War to describe and prohibit mass atrocities against defined human groups.

In a style that is learned but always accessible and engaging, Jones addresses key historical and contemporary issues, such as: What were the motivations and proclaimed justifications for genocide in the "long nineteenth century" that shaped our modern world? How can "humanitarian" interventions in genocide avoid sliding into new imperialism? What are the connections between religion and genocide? How can the gender variable in genocide perpetration and victimization be understood? A wide range of historical and contemporary genocides and crimes against humanity, from the eighteenth-century slave rebellion in Haiti to Myanmar's destruction of the Rohingya, and to the forms of structural and systemic violence that Jones argues should be encompassed by any global-historical understanding of genocide.

Sites of Genocide is illustrated with photos from Jones's own collection and other sources. It will be of interest to all students and scholars of human rights and for general readers seeking a point of entry to the rich and provocative debates in comparative genocide studies.

chapter |22 pages


Seized of Sorrow *

part 1|160 pages

History and Culture

chapter 241|9 pages

Genocide and Global/World History

Reflections *

chapter 2|7 pages

Genocide and Holocaust *

chapter 4|9 pages

Genocide and the West *

chapter 5|8 pages

Religion, Genocide, and Islamic State *

chapter 7|4 pages

The Rohingya

Genocide in Myanmar? *

chapter 8|16 pages

Challenges of Genocide Intervention *

chapter 9|40 pages

Chomsky and Genocide

chapter 10|20 pages

The Great Lakes Genocides

Hidden Histories, Hidden Precedents *

chapter 11|12 pages

Denying Rwanda, Denying Congo

part 2|92 pages

Gendering Genocide

chapter 18412|23 pages

Gender, Genocide, and Gendercide *

chapter 13|13 pages

Gendering Rwanda

Genocide and Post-Genocide *

chapter 15|6 pages

Sexual Violence against Males in War and Genocide

Advances, Obstacles, Challenges *

chapter 16|4 pages

Interview by Noah Berlatsky *

chapter |11 pages


What Leads to Genocide? *