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Comparison of genocide terminology, 1938-2008

A simple comparison of occurrences of the terms generated through Google Books Ngram Viewer.
When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., "British English", "English Fiction", "French") over the selected years.While planning some material to go into the introduction of my doctoral thesis on genocide and the Roman Middle Republic, I was thinking about the rise of the field of genocide scholarship. So I plotted out some of the terminology to see what trends in the words might reveal, using this lexis as a proxy for the prevalence of academic works on genocide, rather than works specifically about them. One of the advantages of Ngram Viewer is that the results are always expressed as relative to the corpus as a whole, which both takes into account the growth of those corpuses over time as more and more is produced annually, as well as what one might call the…