Paradigms of Genocide: The Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and Contemporary Mass Destructions

  title={Paradigms of Genocide: The Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and Contemporary Mass Destructions},
  author={Robert F. Melson},
  journal={The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={156 - 168}
  • Robert F. Melson
  • Published 1 November 1996
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
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