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Old 10th December 2013, 01:30 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by geni View Post
The actual method of killing is largely irrelevant. Its the kind of problem that you can throw manpower at to solve.

Its the logistics and communications that present a challenge. Sure you can send out a message on horseback to kill all of ethnic group X but that takes time and you risk losing horses to be people who unaccountably don't want to kill their next door neighbours. Radio is something of a game-changer in that respect. As a result genocides prior to that time tended to be farmers vs nomadic peoples since you don't need to tell farmers to kill nomadic people just just need to fail to tell them not to.
Ideology matters more than all that stuff. The Tsars were run-of-the-mill autocrats. The totalitarian Communists believed mass-bloodshed would transform the world into a glorious utopia.
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