DEATH BY GOVERNMENT BY R.J.RUMMEL PDF
This is R. J. Rummel’s fourth book in a series devoted to genocide and government mass murder, or what he calls democide. He presents the primary results. Death by Government has 69 ratings and 13 reviews. Kym said: R.J Rummel has gone to great lengths in order to provide case studies of some of histories m. This is R. J. Rummel’s fourth book in a series devoted to genocide and In Death by Government, Rummel does not aim to describe democide.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Death by Government by R. Genocide and Mass Murder Since by R. Rummel’s fourth book in a series devoted to genocide and government mass murder, or what he calls democide. He presents the primary results, in tables and figures, as well as a historical sketch of the major cases of democide, those in which one million or more people were killed by a regime.
In Death by GovernmentRummel does not aim to describe democide itself, but to determine its nature and scope in order to test the theory that democracies are inherently nonviolent. He also writes about areas of suspected genocide: North Korea, Mexico, and feudal Russia.
His results clearly and decisively show that democracies commit less democide than other regimes. The underlying principle is that the less freedom people have, the greater the violence; the more freedom, the less the violence. Thus, as Rummel says, “The problem is power. The solution is democracy. The course of action is to foster freedom. It depicts how democide has been very much a part of human history. Among other examples, the book includes the massacre of Europeans during the Thirty Years’ War, the relatively unknown genocide of the French Revolution, and the slaughtering of American Indians by colonists in the New World.
This riveting account is an essential tool for historians, political scientists, and scholars interested in the study of genocide. Paperbackpages. Published February 1st by Routledge first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Death by Governmentplease sign up. Lists with This Book.
Apr 29, Kym Robinson rated it really liked it Shelves: J Rummel has gone to great lengths in order to provide case studies of some of histories most recent genocidal events. Events that are both well known and in other cases intentionally marginalised by contemporary politics. Democide, a term coined by Rummel, has been the biggest killer of human beings in the past century. No doubt this will go on to being the biggest mass killer of human life in future decades.
R. J. Rummel on Genocide
Rummel has been accused by some of his critics for adding a few thousand here or the R. Rummel has been accused by some of his critics for adding a few thousand here or there to some of his statistics, despite him using and citing extensive sources. This criticism perhaps illustrates a sad point.
If a regime has mass murdered several million people, at what point does one seek to defend such a regime by attacking its detractors by claiming mass murder statistics were slightly over blown by a few thousand. The book does cover the Democides at the hands of several regimes but also leaves out others. It covers particular periods but perhaps in my estimation could have explored the tragic murders in other time frames and regions.
Perhaps politics intervened or Rummel had covered enough to prove his case. I shall not go on to mention what other eras and regimes that I felt could have been included. It would be a cliche for me to say ‘everyone should read this book’ because even still its message would do little to resonate. The average person in most affluent societies is aware of genocide and the killings that occur during both war and ‘peace’.
Yet some how from within their mind exists the ability to either disregard or condone via justification that such mass killings are fine or acceptable.
Fine so long as they are conducted far away and against those who are alien to themselves. And acceptable so long as the murdered are ‘enemies’ to their own State and that the killings were some how a means to a goal or end. This is precisely one of the key ingredients a society needs in order to conduct and perpetuate such mass murder.
Whether it happens to be National Socialist Germany, Pol Pot’s Cambodia or the Soviet Union it took individuals at every level of society to act upon policy and to commit this mass murder. Compliance and conduct goes beyond merely following orders.
Loyalty to state, ideology or faith always allow one to do the most violent and vile acts with a clear and calculating conscience. The reality is that this book, like many others on the subject shall find its pages mostly unopened. The blood of innocence will continue to spill the World over both now and later. Individuals will disregard the cries of agony at the hands of their or another Government and the policy makers will only further perpetuate it all with self serving disregard to the human condition.
Besides being some what over blown in some statistics the biggest flaw for me with this book is in the assumption that democracy brings peace and cures ‘democide’. Omitted from this book are the democidal excesses of the great democracies.
Rummel also suggests that democracy does not make war with democracy. And again this is not a wise place to find a conclusion. Not an easy book to digest and nor should it be. Both statistical and empirical in its format.
A solid reference material for the academic and humanist alike. Be cautious in citing some of the death count statistics as the numbers are highly debatable. Not to be read as an entertaining non fiction piece. Sep 29, Alex rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Especially people looking for an honest account of the Vietnam War. Death by Government might be one of the most underrated works of history and political theory out there.
Which is a real pity, if you ask me. Rummel was the worlds leading scholar on democide, and his work on this topic is to this day unparalleled. He presents the most authentic, well-researched and honest narratives of democides that I have ever read, and I’ve read a lot of sources on them.
The Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, the Great Leap Forward, all the big democidal events from to 1 Death by Government might be one of the most underrated works of history and political theory out there. The Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, the Great Leap Forward, all the big democidal events from to are included, with descriptions that are as horrifying as they are strangely enlightening. This book is not for those with a weak stomach, but if you can handle the perpetual bleakness and the vivid descriptions of torture methods you never dreamed of, then you get a great history book.
To see why Rummel is so polarizing, you have to look no further than the first few chapters. The book starts with some general statement about democide: Its history, scope, and the conditions that tend to underlie it. The last part is one of the reasons why Rummel took so much flak.
On the one hand, he claims that a functioning democracy tends to prevent democide goodbut on the other, he blames communism opposite of good for most and for the worst democides. In mainstream political theory, communism is still seen as this quirky grandpa who can teach you a lot of wisdom if you look past his silly antics. He may be eccentric, but his heart is in the right place, isn’t it? Enter Rummel, telling everyone at the family dinner that grandpa murdered over a hundred million people.
Of course he won’t be invited next time. Not just that, this guy Rummel also likes to dig up dirt in all the wrong place.
Claiming that the bombing of Dresden was a democide didn’t get him a lot of love in America. Everyone loves the narrative of the heroic Allies saving the day from the evil Nazis so much that they can’t handle a little dent in it, everyone except Rummel.
Nor do people like the idea that the Soviet Union and Maoist China killed more people than the Nazis, or that only a third of the victims of the Nazis were jews. These are all facts you gather from this book. By far the most interesting ggovernment, however, was his account of the Vietnam War.
Did you know that the aggressor in this war was North Vietnam, not the US? Yet it’s seen as the villain of this rotten war, when it was arguably the least r.j.rumel party. Rummel can tell you that the reason why these myths persist is communist subversion of the media and academic circles, which certainly didn’t help his reputation, either.
But such is Rummel, telling historical truths whether you want to hear them or not. This didn’t get him many friends in academic circles, but he certainly earned me as an admirer. If I have beef with this book, it’s with Rummels theory of democratic peace.
I can see where he’s coming from, but I think his definitions are a bit off and his data seems handpicked, and governmejt general, it’s a little shallow. If that sentence was incredibly governmemt, then it’s because the theory doesn’t deserve a harsher critique. Rummel is on to something here, I just think he missed the mark a little, and the weaknesses of what he said do not detract from this otherwise great book.
Jul 23, Jon added it. This book–about just what the title says–is possibly the most depressing I’ve ever read. An opening section deals with early megamurderers Rummel’s term such as Genghis Khan. This section was unsatisfying to me since this historical material could make a book in itself, so I ended up thinking maybe Rummel should have stuck to the modern era. And God knows there’s plenty of 20th-century horror for him to work with: