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HIST / POSC 3377: Genocide: Introduction

Guide to resources appropriate for the study of genocide in general and genocide as it occurred in Armenia, Russia, the Nazi Holocaust, Nanking China, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, and Darfur.

What Is Genocide?

"Genocide" by Alejandro Obregon

Alejandro Obregon



This definition of genocide was developed by American scholar Ralph Lemkin.

Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, such as:

  1. Killing members of the group
    • Includes direct killing and actions causing death
  2. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
    • Includes inflicting tramua on members of the group through widespread torture, rape, sexual violence, forced or coerced use of drugs, and mutilation
  3. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
    • Includes the deliberate deprivation of resources needed for the group's physical survival, such as clean water, food, clothing, shelter or medical services.
    • Deprivation can be imposed through confiscation of harvests, blockade of foodstuffs, detention in camps, forcible relocation or expulsion into deserts.
  4. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
    • Includes involuntary sterilization, forced abortion, prohibition of marriage, and long-term separation of men and women intended to prevent procreation
  5. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group
    • May be imposed by direct force or by fear of violence, duress, detention, psychological oppression or other methods of coercion.

Cynthia Peterson -- Research Guide Author

Cynthia Peterson
East Texas Baptist University
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Using This Guide

Choose a subject tab above and click on it.  It will reveal a page with information related to that subject. 

"Genocide (General)" contains book titles and other information related to the broader aspects of genocide. 

The remaining tabs include information on significant genocide events that took place in the 20th century - although unfortunately it is by no means an exhaustive list of all occurrences.  It also contains links to image files that might be useful in your research.

If you have any questions, or if you find other significant resources not found in this guide please contact the author of this guide - contact information is available in the box above.