Historical Dictionary of Rwanda

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Rowman & Littlefield, 6 nov. 2015 - 358 pages
Blessed with natural beauty and rich vegetation, Rwanda is often called the “land of a thousand hills” (le pays des mille collines), a reference to its many lush and green rolling hills. Moreover, for many Rwandans, at least in the past, Rwanda, in spite of its small size, is vast; in fact, it means the universe. This idyllic view, however, sharply contrasts with the sad history of ethnic strife that unfolded since the 1950s: the 1959 Hutu Revolution followed by years of anti-Tutsi pogroms, undemocratic regimes, the civil war of 1990-1994, and, more significantly, the April-July 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and the killing of Hutu who opposed the killings. The 1994 genocide against the Tutsi remains the most defining single event in contemporary Rwanda, and many people in the world today know of this central African nation from the prism of extreme mass violence that sullied the end of the 20th century amid international indifference and has since haunted the world’s conscience.

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Rwanda contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Rwanda.
 

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Table des matières

Editors Foreword
xi
Acknowledgments
xiii
Readers Notes
xv
Acronyms and Abbreviations
xvii
Maps
xxv
Chronology
xxxi
Introduction
1
THE DICTIONARY
17
Appendix A
247
Appendix B
251
Appendix C
253
Appendix D
255
Appendix E
257
Bibliography
259
About the Author
309
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Aimable Twagilimana, a native of Rwanda, is a Professor of English at the State University of New York College at Buffalo. He has published several books and dozens of articles and encyclopedia entries on African American literature and on the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi of Rwanda.

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