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R. J. Rummel was professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii. He is the author of over one hundred scholarly articles and two dozen books, including Power Kills, China’s Bloody Century, and The Miracle That Is Freedom. In addition, he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and been the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association and the International Association of Genocide Scholars’ Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Genocide and Democide Studies and Prevention.
R.J. Rummel is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He has published twenty-four nonfiction books (one that received an award for being among the most referenced), six novels, and about 100 peer-reviewed professional articles; has received the Susan Strange Award of the International Studies Association in 1999 for having intellectually most challenged the field; and in 2003 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Conflict Processes Section, American Political Science Association. He has been frequently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
See also "about R.J. Rummel www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/PERSONAL.HTM, or his curriculum vita at www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/LONGVITA.HTM. His website is at www.hawaii.edu/powerkills, his daily blog is at http://democraticpeace.wordpress.com/
Many of his books are downloadable free in pdf at: www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NH.HTM
This is a very dark book on a gruesome topic. Why would anyone read such a book? The reason the book should be read is because it describes a very important part of human history that has largely been ignored, and yet it can be analyzed. Governments mass murdered four times more people in the 20th century through genocide, politicide and massmurder than through war. We need to understand how this happens.
R.J. Rummel is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Hawaii. He went through 8,200 estimates for 218 regimes and groups. He is using a scientific methodology that he applies consistently to come up with the most probable mid-range estimates (slightly conservative). Professor Rummel is using a concept he calls "democide" which includes genocide, politicide, mass murder, and indiscriminate killing of civilians during war. It does not include battle deaths or collateral damage.
His findings are that 174 million people were murdered by various regimes in the 20th century. However, it should be noted that he revised this number to 262 after the book was written. The worst regimes were the Soviet Union 62 million, Communist China (35 million later revised to 78 million), Nazi Germany 21 million (mostly genocide), and KMT 10 million. The current total for all the colonial powers is 50 million (but in this book he had missed a lot of the colonial power democide). The reason for the revision on China is that he added Chinas famine during the great leap forward after concluding that the famine was intentional.
However, most of the focus of this book is not on these worst regimes but on the lesser mass murderers like, Japan 6 million, Khmer Rouge 2.4 million, Turkeys Armenian genocide 2 million, Vietcong 1.Read more ›