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Antecedents to Modern Rwanda: The Nyiginya Kingdom
by Jan Vansina
University of Wisconsin Press, 2004
eISBN: 978-0-299-20123-4 | Paper: 978-0-299-20124-1 | Cloth: 978-0-299-20120-3
Library of Congress Classification DT450.34.V3813 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 967.57101

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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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