Abram de Swaan, “The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder” (Yale UP, 2015)

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For a couple of decades, scholars have moved toward a broad consensus that context, rather than ideology, is most important in pushing ordinary men and women to participate in mass murder. The “situationist paradigm,” as Abram de Swaan labels this, concludes from studies by psychologists, sociologists, historians and others, that...

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