The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide

The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide

by Gerard Prunier
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231104081

ISBN-13: 9780231104081

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Columbia University Press


Gérard Prunier's new history of the Rwandan genocide casts this sad moment into the black and white relief of print and commits to memory the struggle of those Rwandans who fell victim to the atrocities of last year's tragedy. His book is a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives, and an important contribution to the work of understanding

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Gérard Prunier's new history of the Rwandan genocide casts this sad moment into the black and white relief of print and commits to memory the struggle of those Rwandans who fell victim to the atrocities of last year's tragedy. His book is a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives, and an important contribution to the work of understanding the complexities of modern conflict. (The Boston Book Review)

Prunier, a French political analyst, has produced the most thorough treatment of the background to the massacre, which left an estimated 800,000 dead and led 30 percent of Rwanda's population to flee to neighboring states. He presents his balanced and painstaking research with clarity and skill. (Foreign Affairs)

Prunier's elucidation of [Rwanda's history] seems to me to be beyond praise. He has reconstructed the entire process by which a thorough modern genocide was planned.He has read all the documents. He has interviewed both perpetrators and survivors. He has anatomized the cold process of mass murder in both theory and practice. (Christopher Hitchens, Washington Post)

In this first English-language analysis of the Rwandan genocide, Prunier speaks from the unique persective of a knowledgeable but critical insider who is familiar with both the French establishment and the Rwandan Patriotic Front. In a lively and engaging voice, he offers the reader information unlikely to be found elsewhere. (Alison Des Forges, Consultant, Human Rights Watch/Africa)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231104081
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Pages:
389
Product dimensions:
5.85(w) x 8.83(h) x 1.09(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

ForewardMap of Rwanda1. Rwandese Society and the Colonial Impact: The Making of a Cultural Mythology (1894-1959The physical settingThe Tutsi, the Hutu and the AbazunguMyths and realities of pre-colonial Rwandese society- Rwandese society- The dynamics of Rwandese historyThe colonial impact- the Germans- The Belgians- The 'Rwandese ideology'2. The Hutu Republic (1959-1990)The 1959 muyaga and its consequencesThe Kayibanda years (1961-1973)The refugee problem- The question of numbers- Life in the diaspora- The Ugandan factorThe Habyarimana regime- The good years- The atmosphere of the regime- The crisis- The RPF prepares for war3. Civil War and Foreign Intervention (October 1990-July 1991)The RPF strike and the first days of fightingForeign interventionSettling down into a war cultureThe reorganisation of the RDFThe advent of multiparty politics4. Slouching towards Democracy (July 1991-June 1992)The problems of democratisationWar and violence as parts of the political processThe new multiparty cabinet and the opening of peace negotiationsHardlines, democrats and warriors in the Hutu/Tutsi context5. The Arusha Peace Marathon (June 1992-August 1993)The economic situationPeace and its enemiesNegotiations feed the rise of extremismThe February war and its aftermathPeace through exhaustion6. Chronicle of a massacre foretold (4 August 1993-6 April 1994)Waiting for UNAMIRNdadaye's murder: the shock and its exploitationHanging on to the cliff's edge7. Genocide and renewed war (6 April-14 June 1994)The enigma of President Habyarimana's deathThe second week of April 1994The Genocide- Who were the organisers?- Who were the killers?- Who were the victims?- Were there any bystanders?- Patterns of killing- The horrors- Complexities of the situation- Unknown heroes- How long did it last?- How many were killed?- The refugeesThe warFrom the outside looking in8. 'Operation Turquoise' and Gotterdammerung in Central Africa (14 June-21August 1994)Deciding and preparing for the intervention (14-23 June)From the intervention to the fall of Kigali (23 June-4 July)The fall of the northwest and the refugee explosion (4-19 July)The new government and the cholera apocalypse (19 July-1 August)'Turquoise is going away, the problems remain' (1-21 August)9. Aftermath or new beginning? (22 August-31 December 1994)The new refugee problemReconstruction and internal insecurityWhat sort of political structure?The attitude of the international communityTowards a provisional conclusionBibliographyGlossaryAbbreviations

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