Antecedents to Modern Rwanda: The Nyiginya Kingdom (Africa and the Diaspora: History, Politics, Culture) / Edition 1

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Overview

To understand the genocide and other dramatic events of Rwanda’s recent past, one must understand the history of the earlier realm. Jan Vansina provides a critique of the history recorded by early missionaries and court historians and provides a bottom-up view, drawing on hundreds of grassroots narratives. He describes the genesis of the Hutu and Tutsi identities, their growing social and political differences, their bitter feuds, revolts, and massacres, and the relevance of this dramatic history to the post-genocide Rwanda of today.

2001 French edition, Katharla Publishers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299201241
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Africa and the Diaspora Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 1,454,821
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Vansina is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor and the Vilas Professor in History and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His many books include his 1994 memoir Living with Africa, Oral Tradition as History, Kingdoms of the Savanna, and The Children of Woot, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
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Table of Contents

1 Central Rwanda on the eve of the emergence of the kingdom 14
2 The Rwanda of Ndori 44
3 Toward the centralization of power 67
4 Government in the eighteenth century 99
5 Social transformations in the nineteenth century 126
6 The triumph of the great families and its consequences 140
7 Nightmares : the age of Rwabugiri (1867-1897) 164
In conclusion : history and the present 196
App Predynastic fairy tales : Central Rwanda before Ndori
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