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Century of genocide: critical essays and eyewitness accounts by Samuel Totten, William S. Parsons

By Samuel Totten, William S. Parsons

Via robust first-person money owed, scholarly research, and compelling narrative, Century of Genocide info the reasons and ramifications of the genocides perpetrated within the 20th century and into the twenty-first. old context offers the required heritage at the actors and sufferers to aid us greater comprehend those episodes of atrocious political violence. The 3rd version has been rigorously up-to-date and contours new chapters at the genocides in Darfur, in Guatemala, and opposed to indigenous peoples across the world. the quantity concludes with a attention of the tools of prevention and intervention of destiny genocides.

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In 1903, there were about 4000 white males in South West Africa and only 700 white women. ” From the perspective of the natives, “Verkafferung” meant that the German men took their woman, peacefully if possible, but otherwise by force. This contempt for the black African was held to be the reason for many acts of violence that whites perpetrated on the Hereros. Indeed, settlers were wont to explain such behavior in quasi-medical terms, inventing a disease called “tropical frenzy,” which was said to overtake white men in the tropics.

Among other things, this attitude manifested itself in the mistreatment of native women. In 1903, there were about 4000 white males in South West Africa and only 700 white women. ” From the perspective of the natives, “Verkafferung” meant that the German men took their woman, peacefully if possible, but otherwise by force. This contempt for the black African was held to be the reason for many acts of violence that whites perpetrated on the Hereros. Indeed, settlers were wont to explain such behavior in quasi-medical terms, inventing a disease called “tropical frenzy,” which was said to overtake white men in the tropics.

You are under my protection. Do not go into the German fort. The Germans are foolish to take their women and children there, as they may be killed by our bullets, and we are not making war on women and children. Keep calm and stay indoors when there is fighting, I assure you my people will do you no harm. [In reply to a question about her husband, Tysesita responded:] We are not barbarians. Your husband is our friend; he is not a German. I have already sent a special messenger to him, to tell him he is under my protection as long as he remains quietly on his farm.

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