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World without civilization : mass murder and the Holocaust, history and analysis /
Robert M. Spector.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c2005.
description
2 v. (xxiii, 1002 p.) : map ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0761829636
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c2005.
isbn
0761829636
catalogue key
5371152
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [959]-979) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-11-01:
Is another general history of the Holocaust needed? Spector's long, multivolume work that strives for comprehension illustrates great passion for its subject and the author has read widely, but readers wanting to learn anything new about the Holocaust will be disappointed. The book contains no pictures or maps and weaves between a narrative and an analysis that can be difficult to follow. The author is prone to relying on lists or becoming mired in minutiae. The book does not really transition from point to point as much as it shifts abruptly from situation to situation. Its organization seems haphazard. The project's scope really is too large; more vigorous editing could have helped. The penultimate chapter on the points of controversy is the most interesting and relevant for students and might be the seed for a briefer look into some of the historical controversy, but much of the book is a synthesis of other sources that are more accessible elsewhere. Spector's goal is a worthy one, but this work does not do what the author intends. Faculty who are looking for a readable work for students would be better served with Doris Bergen's War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust (CH, Jun'03, 40-6026). ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. G. R. Sharfman Manchester College
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'World Without Civilization' makes the case, rather well, that the solution lies in world-wide democracy. This history and analysis of the Holocaust serves as an alert that genocide is becoming a world-wide technique and method of domestic policy.
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Long Description
This work, a two-volume set, is the result of over ten years of research in western Europe. It is not only a historical account of the Holocaust, but also an analysis of how, when, where, and why it took place. As a sub-theme, and perhaps just as important, is the realization that what happened originally to the Armenians at the start of the 20th century and continued with the Jews of Europe, was experimentation in the settling of problems with minorities by means of genocide. This history and analysis of the Holocaust serves as a warning that genocide is becoming a worldwide technique and method of domestic policy.
Main Description
This work, a two-volume set, is the result of over ten years of research in western Europe. It is not only a historical account of the Holocaust, but also an analysis of how, when, where, and why it took place. As a sub-theme, and perhaps just as important, is the realization that what happened originally to the Armenians at the start of the 20th century and continued with the Jews of Europe, was experimentation in the settling of problems with minorities by means of genocide.

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