ABC-CLIO adds subject of Modern Genocide to its suite of Online Solutions

Santa Barbara, CA March 18, 2013 Why genocide? Since the 20th century, state-sanctioned genocide and mass killings have resulted in the deaths of millions, most notably in the Holocaust and in the Armenian Genocide. Regrettably, genocide remains a part of recent history and lingers in the shadows of the present. From Darfur and Rwanda to the lesser-known genocides of Guatemala and East Timor, genocide is a dark part of our modern experience. ABC-CLIO, a long-standing publisher of reference and curricular materials, submits that a comprehensive study of history is impossible without the study of genocide. Thus, the framework for an online modern genocide reference and research resource was born.

ABC-CLIO is a long-time history publisher, with many books on the Holocaust and genocide for students, scholars, and the general public. Building on this foundation of powerful materials and bringing together new voices from hundreds of scholars and experts, ABC-CLIO has developed the most comprehensive and authoritative online resource available—Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences—with a focus on ten of the most significant genocides in recent history. This landmark resource seeks to enable the study of this complex and tragic part of history in a powerful and thought-provoking way.

The topic of genocide resonates throughout the world, and specifically in the United States where genocides such as the Holocaust are studied in classrooms all over the country. Many colleges offer courses on the subject and, in recent years, several states have passed legislative mandates for their schools to include Holocaust and genocide studies in their curricula.

Genocidal violence presents unique challenges to researchers and educators, as they struggle to define it, comprehend it, and work to prevent it through education and awareness. Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences serves to supplement this meaningful exploration as an authoritative reference resource, providing users access to historical content, timely articles, and current discussions that are continually updated. Also included are engaging essays from scholars that present multiple perspectives on enduring dilemmas to provide a deeper understanding of the social, political, and economic factors that have contributed to modern genocides around the world.

“The term genocide has become so widely used in recent times that it is now largely misunderstood—and even misapplied,” stated Paul Bartrop, Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. “This database goes a long way towards rectifying this situation. ABC-CLIO has assembled a collection of articles and teaching materials from a wide range of internationally-recognized scholars who are all known experts in their various fields. This is more than a useful tool; it is an indispensable guide to anyone charged with the responsibility of teaching or researching this major social and political problem of our time.”

In addition to Dr. Bartrop, Modern Genocide is vetted by an expert advisory board including Steven Leonard Jacobs, associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Alabama, where he holds the Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies, and Suzanne Ransleben, executive director of the Aransas County ISD Education Foundation in Rockport, Texas. She authored the integrated high school Holocaust curriculum for Corpus Christi ISD which is now widely used in several states across the country.

In recognition of Holocaust Awareness Month, ABC-CLIO will be providing unlimited access to this important resource to libraries across the country from March 18th through the month of April. Visit to gain access for your institution.

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