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Rhetorical Crime : Genocide in the Geopolitical Discourse of the Cold War - (Hardcover)

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The Genocide Convention was drafted by the United Nations in the late 1940s, as a response to the horrors of the Second World War. But was the Genocide Convention truly effective at achieving its humanitarian aims, or did it merely exacerbate the divisive rhetoric of Cold War geopolitics?

A Rhetorical Crime shows how genocide morphed from a legal concept into a political discourse used in propaganda battles between the United States and the Soviet Union. Over the course of the Cold War era, nearly eighty countries were accused of genocide, and yet there were few real-time interventions to stop the atrocities committed by genocidal regimes like the Cambodian Khmer Rouge. 

Renowned genocide scholar Anton Weiss-Wendt employs a unique comparative approach, analyzing the statements of Soviet and American politicians, historians, and legal scholars in order to deduce why their moral posturing far exceeded their humanitarian action.  
Number of Pages: 252
Genre: Political Science, History
Sub-Genre: Soviet Union
Series Title: Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr
Author: Anton Weiss-wendt
Language: English
Street Date: May 10, 2018
TCIN: 53451353
UPC: 9780813594668
Item Number (DPCI): 248-68-0850
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