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The Roots of Evil

The Roots of Evil
The Origins of Genocide and Other Group Violence


  • Date Published: December 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521422147

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  • How can human beings kill or brutalise multitudes of other human beings? Focusing particularly on genocide, Erwin Staub explores the psychology of group aggression. He sketches a conceptual framework for the many influences on one group's desire to harm another and within this framework, considers four historical examples of genocide.

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    • Date Published: December 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521422147
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Psychological and Cultural Bases of Genocide and Other Forms of Group Violence:
    1. An introduction
    2. The origins of genocide and mass killing: core concepts
    3. The psychology of hard times: the effects of difficult life conditions
    4. Cultural and individual characteristics
    5. The psychology of perpetrators: individuals and groups
    6. Steps along a continuum of destruction: perpetrators and bystanders
    Part II. The Nazi Holocaust:
    7. Hitler comes to power
    8. Preconditions for the Holocaust in German culture
    9. Nazi rule and steps along the continuum of destruction
    10. The SS and the psychology of perpetrators
    11. The behaviour and psychology of bystanders and victims
    Part III. Other Genocides and Mass Killings:
    12. The Turkish genocide of the Armenians
    13. Cambodia: genocide to create a better world
    14. This disappearances: mass killing in Argentina
    15. Summary and conclusions: the societal and psychological origins of genocide and other atrocities
    Part IV. Further Extensions: The Roots of War and the Creation of Caring and Nonaggressive Persons and Societies:
    16. The cultural and psychological origins of war
    17. The nature of groups: security, power, justice, and positive connection
    18. The creation and evolution of caring, connection, and nonaggression

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Genocide in the Modern World
    • Psychology of Genocide and the Holocaust
  • Author

    Ervin Staub

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