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Frank Chalk and Kurt Jonassohn. The History and Sociology of Genocide: Analyses and Case Studies. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1990.

Kurt Jonassohn and Karin Solveig Björnson. Genocide and Gross Human Rights Violations in Comparative Perspective. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publishers, 1998.

Dinah L. Shelton (Editor in Chief) with Howard Adelman, Frank Chalk, Alexandre Kiss, and William A. Schabas (Associate Editors). Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. 3 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference (Thomson Gale), 2004.

Colin Tatz, Peter Arnold, and Sandra Tatz, editors. Genocide Perspectives II: Essays on Holocaust and Genocide. Sydney: Brandl & Schlesinger with the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 2003.

Colin Tatz, editor-in-chief. Genocide Perspectives I: Essays in Comparative Genocide. Sydney: Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies, Macquarie University, 1997. See:

Leo Kuper. Genocide: Its Political Use In The Twentieth Century. New York: Penguin, 1981 and New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981.

Eric Weitz. A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003.

Robert Gellately and Ben Kiernan.The Spector of Genocide: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Israel W. Charny. How Can We Commit the Unthinkable? Genocide, The Human Cancer. Boulder, CO.: Westview Press, 1982

Israel W. Charny, ed. Genocide: A Critical Bibliographic Review. 3 vols . London: Mansell and New York: Facts on File, 1988-1994.

Helen Fein. Genocide: A Sociological Perspective. London: Sage Publications, 1993.

R. I. Rummel. Death by Government: Genocide and Mass Murder since 1900. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publisher, 1994.

Irving Louis Horowitz. Taking Lives: Genocide and State Power. Fourth Edition. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publisher, 1997.

Michael Mann. The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Manus I. Midlarsky. The Killing Trap: Genocide in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Jacques Sémelin. Purifier et détruire: usage politiques des massacres et génocides. Paris: Seuil, 2005.

Adam Jones. Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction. London and New York: Routledge, 2006.