Book Discussion: The Cambridge World History of Genocide by Ben Kiernan (General Editor)

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The Cambridge World History of Genocide is a comprehensive and world history of genocides. The three-volume series offers an in-depth analysis and anatomy of genocides. Edited by Ben Kiernan and contributed by leading international experts in the field from various disciplines, scholars take a multi-disciplinary approach to the phenomenon of genocide. Thematic and empirical approaches shed light on its origins, causes, consistent traits, and interconnections across various cases. This series covers themes of racism, religion, state, gender bias, and human decision-making. Further, documents and evaluates genocides, extermination, war crimes and crimes against humanity starting from the prehistory to the present day in different continents and regions. 


With its comprehensive examination of the breadth of significant genocides and genocidal massacres, this enormous series stands as a ground-breaking pillar in the field of genocide studies. The series concludes with a thoughtful discussion on strategies into preventing future atrocities — that would offer key lessons to academics, professionals and policymakers.



Ben Kiernan

Co-Chair, Genocide, Holocaust and Disaster Studies and Member, Board of Governors, CGC; A. Whitney Griswold Professor Emeritus of History, Yale University


Norman Naimark


Co-Chair, The Cold War Project and Member, Board of Governors, CGC; Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of Eastern European Studies and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University



Robert Melson

Professor Emeritus, Purdue University and Clark University


Hannibal Travis

Advisory Chair, Genocide, Holocaust and Disaster Studies, CGC; Professor of Law, Florida International University


Benjamin Valentino

Professor of Government, Dartmouth College



Nathan Stoltzfus

Advisory Chair, Genocide, Holocaust and Disaster Studies, CGC; Dorothy and Jonathan Rintels Professor of Holocaust studies, Florida State University


Soumava Basu

Soumava Basu

President and Founder, CGC


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