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In God's Name: Genocide and Religion in the Twentieth Century
Volume 4

War and Genocide

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In God's Name

Genocide and Religion in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Omer Bartov and Phyllis Mack
With a conclusion by Ian Kershaw

416 pages, index

ISBN  978-1-57181-214-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (April 2001)

ISBN  978-1-57181-302-2 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (April 2001)

eISBN 978-1-78238-165-5 eBook

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Despite the widespread trends of secularization in the 20th century, religion has played an important role in several outbreaks of genocide since the First World War. And yet, not many scholars have looked either at the religious aspects of modern genocide, or at the manner in which religion has taken a position on mass killing. This collection of essays addresses this hiatus by examining the intersection between religion and state-organized murder in the cases of the Armenian, Jewish, Rwandan, and Bosnian genocides. Rather than a comprehensive overview, it offers a series of descrete, yet closely related case studies, that shed light on three fundamental aspects of this issue: the use of religion to legitimize and motivate genocide; the potential of religious faith to encourage physical and spiritual resistance to mass murder; and finally, the role of religion in coming to terms with the legacy of atrocity.

Omer Bartov is John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of History at Brown University. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Davis Center, Princeton University, and a Junior Fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows. 

Phyllis Mack is Professor of History, Director of Graduate Studies and has been Acting Director of the Institute for Research on Women at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.

Subject: Genocide History