Unfortunately, humankind doesn’t give a pretty picture when we cover topics like 11 Biggest Genocides In History. Having said that, it is a part of our history and us as humans should all learn from the mistakes that led to these genocides. We will start our topic by explaining the term genocide and when was it used for the first time.
Genocide is a planned or a systematic removal of all or part of the religious, ethnic, racial or a national group. This removal may come in many forms but it usually involves mass killing of innocent people. Winston Churchill once called it a crime with no name. The word Genocide was not used until 1944 and later it was officially defined by the United Nations in 1948. Genocide is a combination of words from Greek and Latin language – the word “Geo” in Greek, which means a race or tribe and the word “Cide” in Latin, which means killing or extinction.
Although Genocide is relatively a newer term the act itself is hundreds and thousands of years old. People and races have killed each other for reasons like land, fame and resources, and sometimes it has come down to the hatred of a single man against the whole race, group or religion. Genocide is a term which is also considered as one of the most controversial terms of modern times. Many different leaders, countries, and tribes have defined the term in their own ways. Genocide is a deliberate and a calculated act which is usually understood and perceived in a negative way.
Comparing this list with our list of 10 Most Racist Countries in The World might also reveal some more insights on human history. For now, let’s get started!