Book title: The Origins of Violence: Religion, History and Genocide
Author(s): John Docker
ISBN: 9780745325439
Publication Year: 2008
Binding: PB
Pages: 272
Price: Rs. 995
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About the Book:

Genocide is commonly understood to be a terrible aberration in human behavior, performed by evil, murderous regimes such as Nazi Germany and by dictators like Suharto and Pinochet. John Docker argues that the roots of genocide go far deeper into human nature than most people realise.

Genocide features widely in the Bible, the literature of ancient Greece and Rome, and debates about the Enlightenment. These texts are studied in depth to trace the origins of violence through time and across civilizations. Developing the groundbreaking work of Raphael Lemkin, who invented the term ‘genocide’. Docker guides us from the dawn of agricultural society, through classical civilization to the present, showing that violence between groups has been integral to all periods of history.

This revealing book will be of great interest to those wishing to understand the roots of genocide and why it persists in the modern age.

About the Author:
JOHN DOCKER is Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University. He is the author of 1492: The Poetics of Diaspora (2001). Postmodernism and Popular Culture (1994) and (with Ann Curthoys) Is History Fiction? (2005).


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