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Underlying his statement is the realization that, though ordered by a minority of state functionaries, the slaughter was perf “When we captured Kigali, we thought we would face criminals in the state; instead, we faced a criminal population.

Matt Levenson rated it really liked it Jul 25, Aug 02, Jack added it. I was amazed by both the depth and breadth of this book. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Princeton University Press Amazon. A regime that seized power in lessened overt discrimination against Tutsis, but Hutu domination of Rwanda remained, as did the large refugee population in Uganda.

He finds answers in the nature of political identities generated during colonialism, in the failures of the nationalist revolution to transcend these identities, and in regional demographic and political becoms that reach well beyond Rwanda.

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When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda

Princeton University Press, However, in terms of setting up the historical background so that one begins to understand how the potential for a genocide could even begin to exist, Mamdani does an excellent job.


Even more important, his answers point a way out of crisis: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This new book by Mahmood Mamdani, one of the world’s most respected Africa scholars, should be considered as the standard English-language introduction to Rwanda and its genocide.

To understand the complexities of identity and Rwanda, one has to read this book. Sep 29, LaShawnda Jones rated it it was amazing. Amstutz Limited preview – I have mqmdani thank my Prof for giving me this book. While there are stereotypical features characterizing both groups, they speak the same language, Kinyarwanda, and share a culture. Want to Read saving….

When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda by Mahmood Mamdani

Mamdani’s analysis provides a solid foundation for future studies of the massacre. It’s been a while since I read kilpers one specifically so I’m a bit fuzzy, I will only paste in what I read from Jeffrey Herbst’s review of this book: Sep 02, Steffan rated it really liked it. A fantastic look at the historical context leading to the Rwandan genocide, and an even better re-thinking of citizenship in post-colonial societies.

Obviously anyone with an interest in the historical legacy of colonialism should consider his work indispensable, but anyone who appreciates well written historical non-fiction should read this book or his work on the conflict in Sudan. References to this book Killegs Studies: Princeton University Press- History – pages.


This is a deeply moving book.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Overall the author does a good job at explaining the events that culminated to the genocide against Tutsi. Jan 02, Charlie rated it it was amazing. In so doing, Mahmood Mamdani usefully broadens understandings of citizenship and political identity in postcolonial Africa.

Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda. Mar 22, Mia rated it really liked it. It is not an easy read but does provide information and the authors insight. Mamdani breaks down the evolution of the political identities of Hutu and Tutsi into native and settler.

It explain wars and Violence. The Origins of Hutu and Tutsi. Sep 26, AskHistorians added it Shelves: A wave of anti-Hutu violence in Burundi to the south — a similar Belgian colony that had not experienced a Becoke revolution and remained dominated by Tutsis — heightened anti-Tutsi sentiment in Rwanda. Published September 1st by Princeton University Press first published My main drawback to this book was that a lot of information was kiklers.