Genocidal Conscription examines how some states have employed mandatory military service as a tool to capture and kill the victims of genocide by recruiting the perpetrators from other minorities, and shifting blame away from the state. The book highlights several unique intersections that connect military history, Holocaust studies, and genocide. The study details an original framework that encompasses intentions and outcomes of wartime casualties, Clausewitzian wastage, and genocidal massacres. Christopher Harrison traces and compares how two genocidal regimes at war – the Ottoman Empire during World War One and Axis-era Hungary in World War Two – implemented certain policies of military service to capture and destroy their targets amidst the carnage of modern warfare. Following this historical comparative study, the author then summarizes relevant implications and ongoing concerns. The conclusion includes insights into conscription by contemporary authoritarian regimes. By examining these histories and crises, the book suggests that several states are at risk of carrying out genocidal conscription today. While difficult and unlikely, due to political disincentives, the implication of this analysis considers reforms which may prevent states from repeating similar policies and actions again.
Christopher Harrison is Instructor of Political Science, Northern Arizona University.
Part I: Genocide, Conscription, and the Wastage of War
Chapter 1: Conscription for War and Genocide?
Chapter 2: Historical Developments of Modern Conscripted Warfare
Part II: Genocidal Conscription
Chapter 3: Genocide by Wastage
Chapter 4: Conscription by the Ottoman Empire in World War One
Chapter 5: Axis-Era Hungary’s Conscripts of World War Two
Part III: Analysis, Contemporary Concerns, and Conclusions
Chapter 6: Comparative Findings
Chapter 7: Potential Cases Today and Conclusions
8/15/2023, Ne Books Nework, Podcast: