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The Biases of Genocide Studies

As an academic field, “genocide studies” is quite new, having come into existence only since the 1970s in the wake of the near-universal internalisation of the Nazi Holocaust as a supreme symbol of evil and its extension as an exemplar of genocide to other analogous massacres. From its inception, the field of “genocide studies” has been marked by fierce controversy, which is best illustrated by the essays in Alan S. Rosenbaum, ed., Is the Holocaust Unique? (2001). Several of the contributors on both sides here engage in venomous exchanges, with claims made that the Jewish Holocaust was not only not…

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