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A Global History of Genocide: Ben Kiernan

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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.

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