CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century

Department

Department of History and Political Science

Publication Date

5-16-2001

Publication Title

Metapsychology Online Reviews

ISSN

1931-5716

Volume

5

Issue/No.

20

Abstract

Excerpt

I cannot conceive of a more difficult intellectual task than to “reckon with,” as R.G. Collingwood is quoted as saying in the book’s epigraph, twentieth century history. There have been moral musings on the century’s atrocities in various historical treatments or memoirs, but I am not aware of a single volume that takes on what Jonathan Glover undertakes in Humanity. Specifically, the book attempts to make moral sense out of twentieth century atrocities such as “the mutual slaughter of the First World War, the terror-famine of the Ukraine, the Gulag, Auschwitz, Dresden, The Burma Railway, Hiroshima, Vietnam, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Cambodia, Rwanda, the collapse of Yugoslavia” (2).

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