A Global History of Genocide: Ben Kiernan

A Global History of Genocide: Ben Kiernan

In this illustrated lecture, Professor Ben Kiernan identifies powerful connections and patterns that, for nearly every case of genocide, gave early warning of the catastrophe to come: racism or religious prejudice, territorial expansionism, and obsessions with antiquity and agrarianism.

Kiernan is the multi-award-winning author of Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur, recipient of a 2008 Gold Medal for the Best Book in History.

He highlights the rich historical evidence and the importance of its tell-tale signs for predicting and preventing future genocides.

Co-presented by the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University.


Portrait of Ben Kiernan

Ben Kiernan

Ben Kiernan is the A.Whitney Griswold Professor of History, chair of the Council on Southeast Asian Studies, and director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University (www.yale.edu/gsp). For more than 30 years, in Australia and the United States, he documented the crimes of the Khmer Rouge regime and worked to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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