Genocide, War, and Human Survival

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Charles B. Strozier, Michael Flynn
Rowman & Littlefield, 1996 - Social Science - 343 pages
From the tragic workings of the Holocaust and Hiroshima to contemporary examples of genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda, this provocative collection of original essays examines the enduring impact of cataclysmic events on the modern human psyche. Inspired by the career of Robert Jay Lifton, the distinguished contributors use a wide range of disciplinary and methodological approaches to probe society, culture, and politics in the nuclear age and they explore the therapeutic value of artistic expression to witnesses and survivors of mass violence. The essays convey a message of hope by displaying the remarkable diversity of human responses to extreme adversity and by concluding that intellectuals and professionals have an abiding obligation to act responsibly in a world of violence and to provide healing images of transformation. Contributors: Paul Boyer, John M. Broughton, Harvey Cox, Wendy Doniger, Bonnie Dugger, Kai Erikson, Richard Falk, Michael Flynn, Eva Fogelman, John Fousek, Elinor Fuchs, Lane Gerber, Charles Green, Hillel Levine, John E. Mack, Karen Malpede, Eric Markusen, Saul Mendlovitz, Greg Mitchell, George L. Mosse, Ashis Nandy, Martin J. Sherwin, Victor W. Sidel, Bennett Simon, Charles B. Strozier, Steven M. Weine, Roger Williamson, Howard Zin
 

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Contents

Hiroshima and the Politics of History
3
Hiroshima The First Response
21
Hiroshima and the Silence of Poetry
31
Life after Death in Life
41
Genocide and Mass Violence
49
On Pseudospeciation and Social Speciation
51
To Prevent or to Stop Mass Murder
59
Genocide and Warfare
75
Physicians and Nuclear War
193
Development and Violence
207
Tolstois Revenge The Violence of Indian Nonviolence
219
Witnessing
229
Thoughts on a Theater of Witness and Excerpts from Two Plays of Witness Better People The Beekeepers Daughter
231
Artists Witnessing Ethnic Cleansing
243
Religion and Violence
257
Back from the Abyss Symbolic Immortality Faith and Human Survival
269

Victims Perpetrators Bystanders and Rescuers in the Face of Genocide and Its Aftermath
87
In Pursuit of Sugihara The Banality of Good
99
Genocide Victimization and Americas Inner Cities
111
Meeting the Challenge of Genocide in Bosnia Reconciling Moral Imperatives with Political Constraints
125
The Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
137
Saving Bosnia and Ourselves
153
Manliness and the Great War
165
US over Iraq High Technology and Low Culture in the Gulf Conflict
177
Can There be a Psychoanalysis Without a Political Anaysis?
283
We Must Hear Each Others Cry Lessons from Pol Pot Survivors
297
History Objectivity Commitment
307
Exposing the Killing System Robert Jay Lifton as Witness
319
Index
327
About the Contributors
339
About the Editors
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Charles B. Strozier is Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where he is also co-director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival.Michael Flynn is lecturer of psychology at York College, the City University of New York, and associate director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival.

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