Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Books: Death by Government

Go here to look at the deaths caused by governments in the 20th century. Notice that most of these governments are either communist (Soviet Union, China) or fascist (Nazi Germany). R.J. Rummel is a political science professor at the University of Hawaii. He has spent most of his work life cataloging the deaths caused by governments -- especially communist and fascist governments. He has stated that 61 million people were killed by the Soviet government and 35 million by the Chinese communist government. Many of these killings are from forced starvation, labor camps, concentration camps, and mass murder. The greatest mass killer of the 20th century was Joseph Stalin -- about 43 million deaths are attributed to him. Once you have clicked on the site, you may want to click on the various countries (Soviet Union, China) to get more details.

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