Victims of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity



The first part of this chapter gives a very short overview of the historiography of the concept of genocide. Some of the problems and controversies caused both by the term and by the definition of victim groups are put into a historical perspective. The second part deals with the consequences for the research on victims of genocide and crimes against humanity. In the third part, the question is discussed whether the concept of genocide is still useful for the analysis of mass violence in the 20th century, because a considerable gap exists between the expectations of victim groups and the need to find clear and scientific definitions for mass violence.


Victims Genocide Ethnic cleansing Crimes against humanity Mass violence Twentieth century Modernity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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