When victims become killers : colonialism, nativism, and the genocide in Rwanda ; with a new preface by the author (Book, 2020) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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When victims become killers : colonialism, nativism, and the genocide in Rwanda ; with a new preface by the author

Author: Mahmood Mamdani
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2020. ©2001
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"'When we captured Kigali, we thought we would face criminals in the state; instead, we faced a criminal population.' So a political commissar in the Rwanda Patriotic Front reflected after the 1994 massacre of as many as one million Tutsis in Rwanda. Underlying his statement was the realization that, though ordered by a minority of state functionaries, the slaughter was performed by hundreds of thousands of ordinary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mahmood Mamdani
ISBN: 0691192340 9780691192345
OCLC Number: 1059228955
Notes: First published: 2001.
Description: xxvi, 364 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Mahmood Mamdani.

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"'When we captured Kigali, we thought we would face criminals in the state; instead, we faced a criminal population.' So a political commissar in the Rwanda Patriotic Front reflected after the 1994 massacre of as many as one million Tutsis in Rwanda. Underlying his statement was the realization that, though ordered by a minority of state functionaries, the slaughter was performed by hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens, including judges, doctors, priests, and friends. Rejecting easy explanations of the Rwandan genocide as a mysterious evil force that was bizarrely unleashed, When Victims Become Killers situates the tragedy in its proper context. Mahmood Mamdani coaxes to the surface the historical, geographical, and political forces that made it possible for so many Hutus to turn so brutally on their neighbors. In so doing, Mamdani usefully broadens understandings of citizenship and political identity in postcolonial Africa and provides a direction for preventing similar future tragedies."--
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"[Mamdani's] analysis of Rwandese society, in particular the role of the church in the genocide, is fascinating."-Victoria Brittain, Guardian "Few are better qualified to explain the tensions of Read more...

 
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