Toward a General Theory of Action in Total War and Genocide: Evgeny Finkel on Choice and Survival during the Holocaust Mark Edele Holocaust studies have long been a e fi ld of fruitful exchange between historians and social scientists. One of the founders of the e fi ld, Raul Hilberg, was a political scientist, trained by Franz Neumann, a legal scholar connected to the Frankfurt School. Their analysis of the com- plexity of the Nazi system of domination inspired an entire school of Hilberg’s insights into the “destruction process” were later historians. formalized by the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman into one of the most Modernity and the Holocaust, widely cited sociological studies in the e fi ld. in turn, has stimulated historians well beyond Holocaust studies. The cross- fertilization between history and social science thus went both ways. To cite another example: The experience of National Socialism and the Holocaust prompted a controversial set of psychologi- Their results have been cal experiments about deference to authority. while providing a case used by historians to explain perpetrator choices, study to others, who contextualized the “Milgram experiment” itself and provided an incisive, even scathing critique of its presuppositions. Such interdisciplinarity thus has
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Mar 27, 2018
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