By Rebecca Knuth
Where they've got burned books, they are going to lead to burning people, declared German poet Heinrich Heine. This ebook identifies the regime-sponsored, ideologically pushed, and systemic destruction of books and libraries within the twentieth century that regularly served as a prelude or accompaniment to the big human tragedies that experience characterised a such a lot violent century. utilizing case stories of libricide dedicated via Nazis, Serbs in Bosnia, Iraqis in Kuwait, Maoists in the course of the Cultural Revolution in China, and chinese language Communists in Tibet, Knuth argues that the destruction of books and libraries by way of authoritarian regimes used to be sparked through an identical impulses towards negation that provoked acts of genocide or ethnocide.
Readers will study why a few people―even these no longer topic to authoritarian regimes―consider the destruction of books a good procedure. Knuth promotes knowing of the explanations at the back of extremism and styles of cultural terrorism, and concludes that what's at stake with libricide is not anything under the upkeep and continuation of the typical cultural history of the area. someone dedicated to freedom of expression and humanistic values will embody this passionate and helpful book.