Jane Springer on Genocide Book Review by Aloyce79

Jane Springer on Genocide
A review of the book "Genocide" by Jane Springer.
# 154137 | 1,578 words | 6 sources | 2015
Published by on Mar 26, 2015


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Genocide refers to the massacre or attempted massacre of an entire populace or ethnic group. With raging debate on its definition, genocide has become a heavy word used to describe different types of direct and indirect massacre; including the current unwillingness by industrialized countries to supply lifesaving anti-retro viral drugs to patients of HIV/AIDS in poor countries. Springer (2006) gives an overview of the history of genocide with individual accounts through time; from the earliest incidences to the current crisis in Darfur.

From the Paper:

"The author starts by expounding on some of the controversies surrounding the definition of genocide. Springer (2006) observes that this inhumane practice is not alien because the term itself is some generations old. Thus, genocide refers to the massacre or attempted massacre of an entire populace or ethnic group. With raging debate on its definition, genocide has become a heavy word used to describe different types of direct and indirect massacre; including the current unwillingness by industrialized countries to supply lifesaving anti-retroviral drugs to patients of HIV/AIDS in poor countries. Springer (2006) gives an overview of the history of genocide with individual accounts through time; from the earliest incidences to the current crisis in Darfur. The main difference between earlier acts of genocide and modern genocide is that it used to be a more acceptable part of conquest, something to be proud of, and nothing to hide (Smith as cited in Springer 2006). The development of the human rights concept made the massacres to an entire people morally unjustifiable with genocidal acts becoming more hidden in the 19th and 20th centuries.
"Springer (2006) holds that it may take centuries for their ordeals to be exposed and even much longer for them to be listened to, acknowledged and accepted. This is depicted in the history of colonialism -an extension of one country's power beyond its boundaries and peoples, and the settlement of and control over that land and people (Hochschild as cited in Springer 2006) Europe's conquest of North and South America is the most widespread interrelated sequence of world's genocide history where an unimaginable 95 percent of North American natives were massacred. This series of genocides include the conquest of the Aztecs in the current Mexico and the complete extermination of the Arawaks/Tainos in the Caribbean and the Beothuks in Newfoundland. Evidence exists where British authorities intentionally distributed smallpox infected blankets and other items to the natives of the current the United States."

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