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Chirot, Daniel

Works: 60 works in 320 publications in 5 languages and 12,997 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Television lectures  Educational television programs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Thesis advisor, Interviewee
Classifications: HV6322.7, 303.4
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Daniel Chirot
Why not kill them all? : the logic and prevention of mass political murder by Daniel Chirot( )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 2,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cowritten by historical sociologist Daniel Chirot and psychologist Clark McCauley, the book goes beyond exploring the motives that have provided the psychological underpinnings for genocidal killings. It offers a historical and comparative context that adds up to a causal taxonomy of genocidal events. Rather than suggesting that such horrors are the product of abnormal or criminal minds, the authors emphasize the normality of these horrors: killing by category has occurred on every continent and in every century. But genocide is much less common than the imbalance of power that makes it possible. Throughout history human societies have developed techniques aimed at limiting intergroup violence. Incorporating ethnographic, historical, and current political evidence, this book examines the mechanisms of constraint that human societies have employed to temper partisan passions and reduce carnage."--Jacket
The Origins of backwardness in Eastern Europe : economics and politics from the Middle Ages until the early twentieth century by Daniel Chirot( )

38 editions published between 1989 and 1996 in English and held by 2,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reaching back centuries, this study makes a convincing case for very deep roots of current Eastern European backwardness. Its conclusions are suggestive for comparativists studying other parts of the world, and useful to those who want to understand contemporary Eastern Europe's past. Like the rest of the world except for that unique part of the West which has given us a false model of what was "normal," Eastern Europe developed slowly. The weight of established class relations, geography, lack of technological innovation, and wars kept the area from growing richer. In the nineteenth century the West exerted a powerful influence, but it was political more than economic. Nationalism and the creation of newly independent aspiring nation-states then began to shape national economies, often in unfavorable ways. One of this book's most important lessons is that while economics may limit the freedom of action of political players, it does not determine political outcomes. The authors offer no simple explanations but rather a theoretically complex synthesis that demonstrates the interaction of politics and economics
How societies change by Daniel Chirot( )

35 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of how societies have changed over the past five thousand years. The discussion focuses on the idea that industrial societies, despite their great success, have created a new set of recurring and unsolved problems which will serve as a major impetus for further social change
Essential outsiders : Chinese and Jews in the modern transformation of Southeast Asia and Central Europe by Daniel Chirot( )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 1,109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays in this book explore the reasons why the Jews in Central Europe and the Chinese in Southeast Asia have been both successful and stigmatized, essential but not fully accepted. They offer insights into the very formation of ethnic and national identities in the modern world and ideas about when the process is more or less likely to lead to either violent social separation and conflict or peaceful accommodation. Their careful scholarship and measured tone contribute to a balanced view of the subject and introduce a historical depth and comparative perspective that have generally been lacking in past discussions. Those who want to understand both contemporary Southeast Asia and the legacy of the Jewish experience in Central Europe will gain new insights from the book
Modern tyrants : the power and prevalence of evil in our age by Daniel Chirot( Book )

22 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chirot offers a study of modern tyrants, revealing the forces which allow them to come to power and predicting where they may arise in the future
The shape of the new : four big ideas and how they made the modern world by Scott L Montgomery( Book )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Authors Montgomery and Chirot make the case that to read the works of the great thinkers is to gain insight into the ideas shape how we think and what we believe. They provide portraits of heirs of the Enlightenment that embodied its highest ideals about progress: Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Charles Darwin, and Karl Marx. Over time and in the hands of their followers and opponents, their thoughts transformed the nature of our beliefs, institutions, economies, and politics. Contradictions in these ideas have been used in the service of brutal systems such as slavery and colonialism; appropriated and twisted by monsters like Stalin and Hitler, and provoked reactions against the Enlightenment's legacy by Islamic Salafists and the Christian Religious Right. Montgomery and Chirot argue that in order to understand the ideological and political conflicts of today, we must familiarize ourselves with the history and internal tensions of these world-changing ideas. With passion and conviction, they compel us to recognize their central importance as historical forces and pillars of the Western humanistic tradition--From p. [2] of cover
Ethnopolitical warfare : causes, consequences, and possible solutions( Book )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines international cases to understand what causes a society's ethnic conflicts to escalate or de-escalate. This book contains examinations of the political and historical antecedents to conflict around the world, combining them with psychological analyses of group identity and intergroup conflict. In examining the escalation of ethnic conflict, the chapters highlight the critical role of group identification, stressing how group identification becomes enmeshed with threatened economic resources, violent political subcultures, and media manipulation of collective fear. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved
Social change in a peripheral society : the creation of a Balkan colony by Daniel Chirot( Book )

25 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social Change in a Peripheral Society
Confronting memories of World War II : European and Asian legacies by Daniel Chirot( )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The legacy of the Second World War has been, like the war itself, an international phenomenon. In both Europe and Asia, common questions of criminality, guilt, and collaboration have intersected with history and politics on the local level to shape the way that wartime experience has been memorialized, reinterpreted, and used. By directly comparing European and Asian legacies, Confronting Memories of World War II, provides unique insight into the way that World War II continues to influence contemporary attitudes and politics on a global scale. The collection brings together experts from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to explore the often overlooked commonalities between European and Asian handling of memories and reflections about guilt. These commonalities suggest new understandings of the war's legacy and the continuing impact of historical trauma. Daniel Chirot is Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Washington. Gi-Wook Shin is director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, as well as holder of the Tong Yang, Korea Foundation, and Korea Stanford Alumni Chair of Korean Studies. Daniel Sneider is associate director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center. Contributors include Thomas Berger, Frances Gouda, Julian T. Jackson, Fania Oz-Salzbe, Gilbert Rozman, Igor Torbakov, and Roger Petersen; "A provocative, timely, superbly documented volume on urgent moral, political and historical topics. There is no trace of idealization--the book is objective, clear-minded, and historically poignant. A substantial, truly enriching addition in terms of a global comparative approach"--Vladimir Tismaneanu, University of Maryland, College Park; "This truly 'international' edited volume on the issues of war, memory, and national identity explores how memories about wartime experiences--including criminality, collaboration and reconciliation--are shaped and reshaped, connected to questions of national identity, and used for domestic and international political purposes"--Patricia L. Maclachlan, University of Texas, Austin"--
Social change in the modern era by Daniel Chirot( Book )

18 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social change in the twentieth century by Daniel Chirot( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1984 in English and Korean and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Crisis of Leninism and the decline of the left : the revolutions of 1989 by Daniel Chirot( Book )

10 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contentious identities : ethnic, religious, and nationalist conflicts in today's world by Daniel Chirot( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book analyzes widespread global ethnic conflicts that tear asunder nations and regions, such as the former Yugoslavia. Dan Chirot casts his analysis in a discussion of the conflict between national and ethnic identity, discovering that ethnic identity, rooted in centuries of tradition and habit, often trumps national identity, which may be of more recent gestation and have a weaker hold on people. His analysis affords insights into the recent aggressive U.S. posture on 'nation building, ' showing the blindness of this approach to deeply-entrenched ethnic identities. His timely book can
Wei shen me bu sha guang? : zheng zhi da tu sha de mi si by Daniel Chirot( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in Chinese and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditional Romanian village communities : the transition from the communal to the capitalist mode of production in the Danube region by Henri H Stahl( Book )

4 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and progress : from the Enlightenment to the twenty-first century by Daniel Chirot( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

National liberations and nationalist nightmares : the consequences of the end of empires in Eastern Europe in the 20th century by Daniel Chirot( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I mutamenti sociali nel 20. secolo: al centro e nella periferia by Daniel Chirot( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The origins and development of an agrarian crisis; the social history of Wallachia, 1250-1917 by Daniel Chirot( Book )

4 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why some wars become genocidal and others don't by Daniel Chirot( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Director of International Studies Center and Professor of International Studies at University of Washington looks at the history of war, genocide, and ethnic conflict in context of the events of Sept. 11, 2001
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Why not kill them all? : the logic and prevention of mass political murder
The Origins of backwardness in Eastern Europe : economics and politics from the Middle Ages until the early twentieth centuryHow societies changeEssential outsiders : Chinese and Jews in the modern transformation of Southeast Asia and Central EuropeModern tyrants : the power and prevalence of evil in our ageEthnopolitical warfare : causes, consequences, and possible solutionsContentious identities : ethnic, religious, and nationalist conflicts in today's world
English (258)

Chinese (8)

Italian (7)

Polish (2)

Korean (1)