Ordinary People as Mass Murderers: Perpetrators in Comparative Perspective (2008)
Two relevant previous posts are entitled:
At the above-noted posts I highlight some perspectives regarding the power dynamics, the power relations, associated with violence.
A recent book, which I’ve been reading over the past while, has further enhanced my understanding of mass murder in the context of the Second World War.
The book I refer to is entitled: Ordinary People as Mass Murderers: Perpetrators in Comparative Perspectives (2008).
The study is edited by Olaf Jensen and Claus-Christian W. Szejnmann.
What I’ve found of particular interest are the frames of reference that historians have, successively, brought to study of the Second World War.
The view in the 1990s, by way of example, differed markedly from the view from previous decades.
Particular historians have made unique contributions, by way of moving the historiographical analysis forward.
This is a most interesting and valuable study. I’ve read just about every chapter so far and find the content of much interest. So, if you have an interest in finding out how ordinary people can turn to mass murder, this book is a good place to start.