145 pages
Contains Maps, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 0-88899-681-0
DDC 304.6'63





Reviewed by Allison Sivak

Allison Sivak is a librarian in the Science and Technology Library,
University of Alberta.


This Groundwork Guide is a well-organized and clearly written summary of
genocide (or “ethnic cleansing”). Author Jane Springer provides
readers with a global and historical overview, introducing the topic
with the example of the mass exterminations taking place in the Sudan
(just one of the nearly two dozen countries where, according to Genocide
Watch, mass murders are currently happening). She then moves on to the
theories, anatomy, and world responses to past genocides in order to
provide a concise orientation to the reader new to the issue.

Springer writes in colloquial language, with a critical view that
includes references to scholars’ work to illustrate the development of
the concept. For example, she points out that North American colonialism
resulted in the genocide of First Nations peoples. The book includes a
useful timeline showing genocides throughout history. It also includes a
history of major human-rights advances and a list of other resources
where readers can go to learn more. The book’s design and layout is
edgy enough to appeal to young adults, and the author’s style is
accessible. Springer offers an excellent introduction to a difficult
subject. Highly recommended.


Springer, Jane., “Genocide,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 21, 2024,