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Title:Genocide, war crimes and the West: history and complicity
Editor:Jones, AdamISNI
Chapter(s):Present
Year:2004
Pages:424
Language:English
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Zed Books
ISBN:1842771906; 1842771914
Geographic terms:Western countries
Africa
Subjects:war crimes
genocide
Abstract:Genocide and war crimes are increasingly the focus of scholarly and activist attention. Much controversy exists over how, precisely, these grim phenomena should be defined and conceptualized. This collection of essays tackles this controversy. In the opening and closing sections of the book, analytical issues are considered, including questions of responsibility for genocide and war crimes, and institutional responses at both the domestic and international levels. The central section is devoted to an unprecedentedly broad range of original case studies of Western involvement, or alleged involvement, in war crimes and genocide. The book contains seven Africa-related contributions: Jan-Bart Gewald: Imperial Germany and the Herero of southern Africa: genocide and the quest for recompense. RaphaŽlle Branche: Torture and other violations of the law by the French army during the Algerian War. Thomas Turner: Crimes of the West in Democratic Congo: reflections on Belgian acceptance of 'moral responsibility' for the death of Lumumba. Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi: In the name of the Cold War: how the West aided and abetted the Barre dictatorship of Somalia. Linda R. Melvern: The Security Council: behind the scenes in the Rwanda genocide. Francis Njubi Nesbitt: Coming to terms with the past: the case for a Truth and Reparations Commission on slavery, segregation, and colonialism. World Conference Against Racism: Declarations on the transatlantic slave trade. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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