Blood and Soil (book)

Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur (ISBN 978-0300100983) is a 2007 book by Ben Kiernan, who for thirty years has studied genocide and crimes against humanity. In Blood and Soil Kiernan examines outbreaks of mass violence, including worldwide colonial exterminations and twentieth-century case studies, particularly the Armenian genocide, the Nazi Holocaust, Stalin's mass murders, and the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides. The book won the 2008 gold medal for the best book in History awarded by the Independent Publishers Association.[1][2][3] In 2009, Blood and Soil won the German Studies Association's biennial Sybil Halpern Milton Memorial Book Prize[4] for the best book published in 2007 or 2008 dealing with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust in its broadest context, covering the fields of history, political science, and other social sciences, literature, art, and photography. In June 2009, the book's German translation, Erde und Blut: Völkermord und Vernichtung von der Antike bis heute, won first place in Germany's Nonfiction Book of the Month Prize (Die Sachbücher des Monats).[5]

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  1. ^ "Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur". Archived from the original on 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  2. ^ Blood and Soil
  3. ^ "Journal of Interdisciplinary History". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  4. ^ "2009 Sybil Halpern Milton Prize Winner". Retrieved 2009-12-07.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Sachbücher des Monats Juni 2009". Archived from the original on 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2009-12-07.