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The debris of Ham : ethnicity, regionalism, and the 1994 Rwandan genocide
Twagilimana, Aimable.
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Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxviii, 221 pages : map ; 22 cm
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DT450.435 .D44 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This book investigates the juxtaposition of ethnicity and regionalism in Rwandan politics and the unfolding of the worst mass murder at the end of the twentieth century.

Author Notes

Aimable Twagilimana is Associate Professor of English, SUNY College at Buffalo.

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Choice Review

This is a well-written book by an expert on Rwandan politics and society. Twagilimana describes the massacre in Rwanda in gruesome detail--an event that shocked the conscience of humankind all over the world. The introduction compares Rwanda with the massacre of Jews in Germany, especially in Auschwitz. The main part reviews the 1959 Hutu Revolution and the institutions of ethnic and regional otherness. One argument is that regional politics (especially from geographically contiguous countries) played a role in the massacre in Rwanda. Twagilimana also writes on human rights violations across ethnic groups in Rwanda perpetuated by ethnic radicals. There were even genocidal rehearsals. The best quality of the book is that it is written by a native who presents a fresh approach to understanding the genocide that occurred in that country. This is a descriptive case study that compares an African event with a European precedent. One could point out, however, that the narrator offers a personal story rather than an academic account. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. O. Anda University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: From Auschwitz to Rwandap. xiii
Chapter 1 Framing Rwanda: Ethnic and Nationalist Conflicts in the Post-Cold War Erap. 1
Chapter 2 The Hamitic Hypothesis and Rwandan Historiographyp. 33
Chapter 3 The Debris of Ham: From the 1959 Hutu Revolution to the Institutions of Ethnic and Regional Othernessp. 59
Chapter 4 The Path to Genocide: Human Rights Violations as Genocide Rehearsalsp. 87
Chapter 5 From Region to Nation: Ordinary Rwandans and the 1994 Genocidep. 119
Conclusion: Remembering the Rwandan Genocidep. 171
Appendix Some Important Dates in Rwandan Historyp. 187
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 217