Peasants in Power: The Political Economy of Development and Genocide in Rwanda by Philip Verwimp (Hardback, 2013)
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- DescriptionThis book shows how Rwanda's development model and the organisation of gecide are two sides of the same coin. In the absence of mineral resources, the elite organised and managed the labour of peasant producers as efficient as possible. In order to stay in power and benefit from it, the presidential clan chose a development model that would t change the political status quo. When the latter was threatened, the elite invoked the preservation of group welfare of the Hutu, called for Hutu unity and solidarity and relied on the great mass (rubanda nyamwinshi) for the execution of the gecide. A strategy as simple as it is horrific. The gecide can be regarded as the ultimate act of self-preservation through annihilation under the veil of self-defense. Why did tens of thousands of ordinary people massacred tens of thousands other ordinary people in Rwanda in 1994? What has agricultural policy and rural ideology to do with it? What was the role of the Akazu, the presidential clan around president Habyarimana? Did the civil war cause the gecide? And what insights can a political ecomy perspective offer ? Based on more than ten years of research, and engaging with competing and complementary arguments of authors such as Peter Uvin, Alison Des Forges, Scott Strauss, Rene Lemarchand, Filip Reyntjens, Mahmood Mamdani and Andre Guichaoua, the author blends ecomics, politics and agrarian studies to provide a new way of understanding the nexus between development and gecide in Rwanda. Students and practitioners of development as well as everyone interested in the causes of violent conflict and gecide in Africa and around the world will find this book compelling to read. .
- Author BiographyPhilip Verwimp is Associate Professor of Development Economics at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, where he holds the Marie and Alain Philippson Chair in Sustainable Human Development. He is Fellow of ECARES, member of the Centre Emile Bernheim and co-founder and co-director of the Households in Conflict Network. He is author and co-author of articles published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, the Journal of Agrarian Studies, the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Journal of Peace Research, among others.
- Author(s)Philip Verwimp
- Date of Publication04/06/2013
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationDordrecht
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- Content Note24 black & white illustrations, biography
- Weight608 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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