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Author Glover, Jonathan
Title Humanity : a moral history of the twentieth century / Jonathan Glover
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 2012
book jacket
 RCHSS Library  D204 G56 2012    AVAILABLE    30560400507163
 人文社會聯圖  D204 .G56 2012    AVAILABLE    30610020408696
Edition 2nd ed
Descript xxvi, 464 p. ; 20 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [415]-447) and index
Pt. 1: Ethics without the moral law -- Pt. 2: The moral psychology of waging war -- Pt. 3: Tribalism -- Pt. 4: War as a trap -- Pt. 5: Belief and terror: Stalin and his heirs -- Pt. 6: The will to create mankind anew: The Nazi experiment -- Pt. 7: On the recent moral history of humanity
The twentieth century was the most brutal in human history, featuring a litany of shameful events that includes the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Stalinist era, Cambodia, Yugoslavia, and Rwanda. This book looks at the politics of our times and the roots of human nature to discover why so many atrocities were perpetuated and how we can create a social environment to prevent their recurrence. Jonathan Glover finds similarities in the psychology of those who perpetuate, collaborate in, and are complicit with atrocities, uncovering some disturbing common elements--tribal hatred, blind adherence to ideology, diminished personal responsibility--as well as characteristics unique to each situation. Acknowledging that human nature has a dark and destructive side, he proposes that we encourage the development of a political and personal moral imagination that will compel us to refrain from and protest all acts of cruelty
Subject History, Modern -- 21st century -- Moral and ethical aspects
Ethics, Modern -- 21st century
War -- Moral and ethical aspects
War -- History -- 20th century
Humanity -- History -- 20th century
Atrocities -- History -- 20th century
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