New Book: Denial of Genocides in the Twenty-First Century (Der Matossian)

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Dear Colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that my latest book Denial of Genocides in the Twenty-First Century was recently published by the University of Nebraska Press (UNP). The volume includes contributions from leading scholars of the Cambodian, Bosnian, Rwandan, Syrian, Guatemalan, Armenian, indigenous genocides, as well as the Holocaust. Below you will find more information about the book, table of contents, as well endorsements.

Copies of Denial of Genocides in the Twenty-First Century are available for purchase from University of Nebraska Press website. Use code: 6AS23 to receive 40% discount.

Book Description

Throughout the twenty-first century, genocide denial has evolved and adapted with new strategies to augment and complement established modes of denial. In addition to outright negation, denial of genocide encompasses a range of techniques, including disputes over numbers, contestation of legal definitions, blaming the victim, and various modes of intimidation, such as threats of legal action. Arguably the most effective strategy has been denial through the purposeful creation of misinformation.

Denial of Genocides in the Twenty-First Century brings together leading scholars from across disciplines to add to the body of genocide scholarship that is challenged by denialist literature. By concentrating on factors such as the role of communications and news media, global and national social networks, the weaponization of information by authoritarian regimes and political parties, court cases in the United States and Europe, freedom of speech, and postmodernist thought, this volume discusses how genocide denial is becoming a fact of daily life in the twenty-first century.


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations



Introduction: Genocide Denial in the Twenty-First Century

Bedross Der Matossian

1. Denial of Genocide of Indigenous People in the United States

Robert K. Hitchcock

2. Armenian Genocide and Its Denial: A Comprehensive Tool of Supremacism?

Talin Suciyan

3. Weaponizing the First Amendment: Denial of the Armenian Genocide and the U.S. Courts

Marc A. Mamigonian

4. Coalition Politics and Parliamentary Paralysis: The Armenian Genocide Bill during the Netanyahu Administration, 2009–2021

Eldad Ben Aharon

5. Denying the Shoah: Distorting History in the Twenty-First Century

Gerald J. Steinacher

6. Aversions to Acknowledging the Khmer Rouge Genocides in Cambodia, 1990–2021

Ben Kiernan

7. Denial of the Guatemalan Genocide, 1981–2020

Samuel Totten

8. Regional Political Implications of Bosnian Genocide Denial

Jelena Subotić

9. Mainstreaming the Denial of the Genocide against the Tutsi

Roland Moerland

10. A Multifront War of Narratives: The Assad Regime’s Emerging Denialism

Uğur Ümit Üngör and Annsar Shahhoud

Epilogue: Denials of Reality Remove the Capacity to Think Straight and Logically in Order to Feel Protected and Safe

Israel W. Charny






Bedross Der Matossian

Vice-Chair and  Professor of History

Hymen Rosenberg Professor in Judaic Studies

Department of History

College of Arts and Sciences Author of

637 Oldfather Hall

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Author of Shattered Dreams of Revolution

Author of  The Horrors of Adana: Revolution and Violence in the Early Twentieth Century

Co-editor of Routledge Handbook on Jerusalem

Series Editor-Armenians in the Modern and the Early Modern Period (I.B. Tauris-an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing)




Denial of Genocides in the Twenty-First Century (University of Nebraska Press, 2023)