Genocide is not an invention of the twentieth century, say Frank Chalk and Kurt Jonassohn in this absorbing book, but has occurred throughout history in all parts of the world. This study--the first comprehensive survey of the history and sociology of genocide--presents over two dozen examples of the one-sided mass slaughter of peoples, spanning the centuries from antiquity to the present.
Providing a definition that is considerably broader than that contained in the UN Convention on Genocide (they include political and social groups as potential victims), the authors (directors of the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies at Concordia U.) present a typology of genocide according to the motives of the perpetrator, and apply their typology to selected studies including Rome's final war with Carthage, the Holocaust, and contemporary Cambodia. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)