Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Now Published!
Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction

I'm pleased to announce the publication of my new book, Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, June 2006; xxvi + 430 pp., US $33.95 p/b). The book is designed as a text for upper-undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a primer for non-specialists and general readers interested in learning about genocide. Its sixteen chapters provide an introduction to genocide as both historical phenomenon and analytical-legal concept; discuss the role of imperialism, war, and social revolution; and include seven full-length case-studies of genocides worldwide, each with an accompanying box-text. A separate section explores perspectives on genocide from the social sciences, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science/international relations, and gender studies. The final section considers "The Future of Genocide," with attention to historical memory and genocide denial; initiatives for truth, justice, and redress; and strategies of intervention and prevention.

The book is written in a clear and accessible style, and liberally sprinkled with illustrations (including numerous maps) and personal testimonies from genocide survivors. It is accompanied by a website,, which features a table of contents, sample chapters, ordering information, and other materials. If you are interested in receiving an examination copy of Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction for possible adoption as a course text, please contact Laura Peel (Marketing Coordinator, Politics) at

Please feel free to circulate this announcement to others, and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the book.

With best wishes,

Adam Jones, Ph.D.
Genocide Studies Program
Yale University

Advance praise for Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction:

"This is the best introductory text available to students of genocide studies. Written in clear, elegant prose and supported by a wealth of authoritative sources, Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction is likely to become the gold standard by which all subsequent introductions to this enormously important subject will be measured."
- Kenneth J. Campbell, University of Delaware; author of Genocide and the Global Village

"With its interdisciplinary approach and bevy of case studies, Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction will surely become the seminal text for students of genocide. Written in an engaging and conversational style, the book not only explores existing frameworks, but expands the boundaries of genocide studies with attention to issues such as gender and the future of genocide. Perhaps best of all, Jones educates and inspires the reader to become an active and responsible global citizen."
- Nicholas Robins, Duke University; author of Native Insurgencies and the Genocidal Impulse in the Americas

"This wide-ranging inquest into the dynamics of genocidal violence stands as a major contribution to the dismal science of 'massacrology.' More than a collection of case studies, it offers a depth of critical insight and a richness of data seldom matched in comparative studies of genocide. Informed by a formidable erudition, and a deep personal sensitivity to the horrors that he describes, Adam Jones's splendid book is a milestone in the literature on mass crimes and genocide."
- René Lemarchand, University of Florida; author of Burundi: Ethnic Conflict and Genocide