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Dark Side of Nation-States, The : Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe

By: Ther, Philipp.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.War and Genocide: Publisher: New York, NY : Berghahn Books, 2014Description: 1 online resource (287 p.).ISBN: 9781782383031.Subject(s): Europe -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century | Europe -- History, Military -- 20th century | Europe -- Politics and government -- 20th century | Genocide -- Europe -- History -- 20th century | Nationalism -- Europe -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Dark Side of Nation-States, The : Ethnic Cleansing in Modern EuropeDDC classification: 304.6 | 304.6/630940904 LOC classification: D445Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Introduction; Chapter 1 - Preconditions of Ethnic Cleansing; Chapter 2 - Ethnic Cleansing as an Instrument of International Politics: 1912-25; Chapter 3 - Total War and Total Cleansing: 1938-44; Chapter 4 - The Big Sweep: Postwar Europe and Beyond 1944-48; Chapter 5 - Ghosts of the Past: The Former Yugoslavia and the Caucasus 1991-99; Conclusion and Historical Typology; Acknowledgments; Annotated Bibliography; Index
Summary: Why was there such a far-reaching consensus concerning the utopian goal of national homogeneity in the first half of the twentieth century? Ethnic cleansing is analyzed here as a result of the formation of democratic nation-states, the international order based on them, and European modernity in general. Almost all mass-scale population removals were rationally and precisely organized and carried out in cold blood, with revenge, hatred and other strong emotions playing only a minor role. This book not only considers the majority of population removals which occurred in Eastern Europe, but is
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Contents; Introduction; Chapter 1 - Preconditions of Ethnic Cleansing; Chapter 2 - Ethnic Cleansing as an Instrument of International Politics: 1912-25; Chapter 3 - Total War and Total Cleansing: 1938-44; Chapter 4 - The Big Sweep: Postwar Europe and Beyond 1944-48; Chapter 5 - Ghosts of the Past: The Former Yugoslavia and the Caucasus 1991-99; Conclusion and Historical Typology; Acknowledgments; Annotated Bibliography; Index

Why was there such a far-reaching consensus concerning the utopian goal of national homogeneity in the first half of the twentieth century? Ethnic cleansing is analyzed here as a result of the formation of democratic nation-states, the international order based on them, and European modernity in general. Almost all mass-scale population removals were rationally and precisely organized and carried out in cold blood, with revenge, hatred and other strong emotions playing only a minor role. This book not only considers the majority of population removals which occurred in Eastern Europe, but is

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This instructive text offers a useful analysis of ethnic cleansing that drills into acts often conflated with genocide. Ther (Univ. of Vienna) clarifies this in the book's introduction: "the primary goal of ethnic cleansing was not to murder and destroy a population group but to forcibly remove one from a given area." Throughout the text, chapters outline different examples of ethnic cleansing across Europe during the 20th century. Neatly written in a case study style, the chapters help readers understand the complex interplay of cultural bias and the politics of nation-states. Ther elucidates the complexities of ethnic cleansing well, but the chapter summaries can at times reprise too much of the preceding chapters. The annotated bibliography that concludes the text is excellent, providing a range of sources that touch on country-specific literature and collective memory. This well-researched text will empower readers to carefully consider the intersections and differences between ethnic cleansing and genocide. --Caro Pinto, Mount Holyoke College

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<p>Philipp Ther holds a Chair of Central European History at the University of Vienna. Previously he was a professor of comparative European history at the EUI in Florence. He has published and edited several books on ethnic cleansing, including Redrawing Nations: Ethnic Cleansing in East-Central Europe 1944-1948 (co-edited with A. Siljak; Rowman and Littlefield, 2001). He also co-edited Robbery and Restitution: The Conflict over Jewish Property in Europe , (Berghahn, 2007). His most recent book Die neue Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent: Eine Geschichte des neoliberalen Europa, (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2014) [The New Order on the Old Continent. A History of Neoliberal Europe], was awarded with the non-fiction bookprize of the Leipzig bookfare and has been contracted by Princeton University Press.</p>

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