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Statistics of Democide: Genocide and Mass Murder since 1900 (Wissenschaftliche Paperbacks) Hardcover – International Edition, November 11, 1998

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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.


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Product Details

  • Series: Wissenschaftliche Paperbacks (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: LIT Verlag; annotated edition edition (November 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3825840107
  • ISBN-13: 978-3825840105
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,142,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas Wikman VINE VOICE on October 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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.
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Professor Rummel is to be congratulated for collecting, analyzing and producing the chilling statistics of democide in the recent history of the world. The term democide - introduced mainly to make it stand apart, although not very distant from more familiar genocide - is a catch-all definition of all murders which a government executes in cold blood of its citizens (excepting, of course, cases where judicial excuse exists). The book is not an easy reading mostly because one needs to master the author's methodology, but this effort is fully compensated by the results of Rummel's efforts to present his findings in a most convincing manner.
Like his previous works on democide, this book will remain for a long time to come as a handbook for historians, sociologists and political scientists alike.
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