Online encyclopedia of mass violence
The Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence (OEMV) is a regularly updated electronic database focusing on massacres and genocides of the 20th century. Currently, there is no tool available that documents and classifies our knowledge by continent, country and historical period. The OEMV’s first objective is to fill this gap by offering reliable historical description and interdisciplinary analysis of both well-documented and less well-known 20th century massacres. Resources provided include chronological indexes, case studies, analytical contributions on socio-political violence in a given country, a glossary of the terms most often used in the field of genocide studies as well as theoretical papers written by the most representative authors in the field.
Such a unique database will not only be valuable to scholars, but also to the NGO community, international legal experts, policy makers and journalists. It is a unique online publication in the academic landscape, responding to high academic criteria while being available to the wider public. Our first aim is to undertake an unprecedented effort to bring together the highest quality scholarship in the field.
This project was initiated in 2004 by Sciences Po Paris (Center for International Research and Studies). It has taken us nearly four years to get the OEMV ready to be put on line. Considering the highly sensitive nature of this project and the relative novelty of this field of research, this maturation period has proved valuable. The gradual construction of this web site is the result of genuine teamwork on the part of computer specialists and researchers, who endeavored to coordinate technical, scientific and ethical criteria.