Ch 33: Genocide & Ethnic Conflicts in the 20th Century

About This Chapter

This chapter can help you understand the reasons for ethnic conflicts and discuss the tragic consequences, through examples. You'll also examine nationalism and genocide in the 20th century.

Genocide & Ethnic Conflicts in the 20th Century - Chapter Summary

This chapter is a sobering overview of the tragedies of ethnic conflicts, and ultimately genocide, in the 20th century. One major theme that is explored in this chapter is the concept of ethnic nationalism. The lessons in this chapter also review historical and modern examples of ethnic cleansing and genocide. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Talk about the Spanish Inquisition against Muslims and Jews
  • Discuss the Nazi genocide against Jews, Romas, and many other minorities
  • Recognize the cases of genocide in the 1990s in Bosnia and Rwanda
  • Recall other examples of genocide in Ukraine, Armenia, China, and Cambodia

The lessons in our chapter on 20th century ethnic conflicts and genocide were written by experienced instructors who are skilled in relating sensitive topics as these in an academic context. This chapter aids you in exploring how cultural and religious beliefs can lead to atrocious crimes against humanity through clear explanations, succinct examples, and video lessons that emphasize your learning objectives.

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