Century of genocide: critical essays and eyewitness accounts by Samuel Totten, William S. Parsons

By Samuel Totten, William S. Parsons

Via strong first-person debts, scholarly research, and compelling narrative, Century of Genocide info the factors and ramifications of the genocides perpetrated within the 20th century and into the twenty-first. ancient context offers the mandatory history at the actors and sufferers to assist us greater comprehend those episodes of atrocious political violence. The 3rd variation has been rigorously up to date and contours new chapters at the genocides in Darfur, in Guatemala, and opposed to indigenous peoples across the world. the amount concludes with a attention of the tools of prevention and intervention of destiny genocides.

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Leutwein called the first days of the uprising “nerve-shattering,” but despite the initial success of the Hereros, by late spring of 1904 German troops were pouring into the colony, and the defeat of the Hereros was only a matter of time. In August, the day of reckoning arrived when the main Herero forces were surrounded and crushed at the Battle of Waterberg. How the Genocide Was Committed and Those Who Were Involved General Lothar von Trotha, the newly arrived commander of German forces in South West Africa, had one aim: to utterly destroy the Hereros.

Von Trotha was equally reluctant, and when he finally bowed to the inevitable, he did it with as bad grace as possible. Those Hereros who surrendered would not be shot, that much he conceded, but they were to be chained, used for forced labor, and branded with the letters GH (gefangene Herero); any who refused to reveal the whereabouts of weapons caches were to be shot out of hand. When the new policy went into effect in the beginning of 1905, the Herero revolt, or what was left of it, quickly flickered out.

He gave four reasons for doing so: (1) A policy of total annihilation was un-Christian; (2) it was not feasible; (3) it was economically senseless; and (4) such a way of making war would give the Germans a bad reputation among civilized people. The Kaiser, even when pressured by his Chancellor and Chief of the General Staff, was reluctant to command von Trotha to lift the order. For over three weeks he delayed, despite pressure from von Bülow, until finally in late December he gave in. Von Trotha was equally reluctant, and when he finally bowed to the inevitable, he did it with as bad grace as possible.

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