By Rebecca Knuth
The place they've got burned books, they're going to lead to burning people, declared German poet Heinrich Heine. This booklet identifies the regime-sponsored, ideologically pushed, and systemic destruction of books and libraries within the twentieth century that frequently served as a prelude or accompaniment to the large human tragedies that experience characterised a such a lot violent century. utilizing case reports of libricide devoted by means of Nazis, Serbs in Bosnia, Iraqis in Kuwait, Maoists through the Cultural Revolution in China, and chinese language Communists in Tibet, Knuth argues that the destruction of books and libraries by means of authoritarian regimes used to be sparked through a similar impulses towards negation that provoked acts of genocide or ethnocide.
Readers will research why a few people—even these now not topic to authoritarian regimes—consider the destruction of books a good method. Knuth promotes knowing of the explanations in the back of extremism and styles of cultural terrorism, and concludes that what's at stake with libricide is not anything lower than the upkeep and continuation of the typical cultural historical past of the realm. someone devoted to freedom of expression and humanistic values will include this passionate and useful ebook.
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