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- DescriptionThe 1994 Rwandan gecide was a monumental atrocity in which at least 500,000 Tutsi and tens of thousands of Hutu were murdered in less than four months. Since 1994, members of the Rwandan political class who recognise those events as gecide have struggled to account for it and bring coherence to what is often perceived as irrational, primordial savagery. Most people agree on the factors that contributed to the gecide -- colonialism, ethnicity, the struggle to control the state. However, many still disagree over the way these factors evolved, and the relationship between them. This continuing disagreemnt raises questions about how we come to understand historical events -- understandings that underpin the possibility of sustainable peace. Drawing on extensive research among Rwandese in Rwanda and Europe, and on his work with a conflict resolution NGO in post-gecide Rwanda, Nigel Eltringham argues that conventional modes of historical representation are inadequate in a case like Rwanda. Single, absolutist narratives and representations of gecide actually reinforce the modes of thinking that fuelled the gecide in the first place. Eltringham maintains that if we are to understand the gecide, we must explore the relationship between multiple explanations of what happened and interrogate how -- and why -- different groups within Rwandan society talk about the gecide in different ways.
- Author BiographyNigel Eltringham is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology of SOAS, London. He worked for three years with a conflict resolution NGO in Rwanda before conducting doctoral research in Rwanda and among the Rwandan Diaspora in Europe. He has extensively published on post-genocide Rwanda.
- Author(s)Nigel Eltringham
- PublisherPluto Press
- Date of Publication20/01/2004
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPluto Press
- Weight363 g
- Width135 mm
- Height215 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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