John Roth and Peter HayesThe Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies

Oxford University Press, 2010

by Kelly McFall on November 20, 2013

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[Cross-posted from New Books in Genocide Studies] We’ve talked before on the show about how hard it is to enter into the field of Holocaust Studies.  Just six weeks ago, for instance, I talked with Dan Stone about his thoughtful work analyzing and critiquing the current state of our knowledge of the subject.

This week is a natural follow-on to that interview.  Peter Hayes and John Roth have edited a remarkable compilation of essays about the Holocaust.  The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies (Oxford University Press, 2010) surveys the field, but does so in a significantly different way than Stone.   Hayes and Roth have recruited dozens of the brightest young researchers to offer a summary of and reflection on what we now know about many of the most important topics in Holocaust Studies.  Each entry is relatively short (12-15 pages) and packed with information useful to newcomers and veterans alike.  Each offers some sense of the trajectory of our knowledge and understanding of the topic.  Almost all are immensely readable.   If you are looking to get a comprehensive understanding of the discipline or simply trying to brush up on a specific subject, this is a wonderful resource.  And, unusually for reference books, it is priced at a level that allows individuals  to add it to their personal libraries.

John, Peter and I had a great conversation.  I hope you enjoy the interview.

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