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Antecedents to Modern Rwanda - The Nyiginya Kingdom By Jan Vansina

Antecedents to Modern Rwanda by Jan Vansina

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Professor Vansina is the foremost authority on the history of Rwanda.

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Antecedents to Modern Rwanda: The Nyiginya Kingdom by Jan Vansina

The author of the classic Oral Tradition as History bases his account on hundreds of grass-roots narratives. It shows the historical roots of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 through an investigation of Rwanda's Nyiginya Dynasty of the 18th and 19th centuries. It demystifies Rwanda's precolonial past and colonial historiography. It describes the genesis of the Hutu and Tutsi identities, their growing social and political differences, their bitter feuds, revolts and massacres. North America: University of Wisconsin Press

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For historians...the choice is clear. Only at their peril will they ignore Vansina's seminal contribution to our understanding of one of the most complex and controversial chapters in the history of the continent. There are few books about Africa today I would qualify as a magnificent achievement. This is one of them. - Rene Lamarchand, University of Florida, Gainesville

About Jan Vansina

Jan Vansina is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor and the Vilas Professor in History and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison

Table of Contents

Introduction - Central Rwanda on the eve of the emergence of the kingdom (seventeenth century) - The Rwanda of Ndori - Towards the centralisation of power - Ruling in the eighteenth century - Social transformation in the nineteenth century - The triumph of the great families & its consequences - Nightmares. The age of Rwabugiri (1867-96) - In conclusion: history & the present - Appendix 1: chronology - Appendix 2: predynastic fairy tales: central Rwanda before Ndori - Works cited

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Antecedents to Modern Rwanda: The Nyiginya Kingdom by Jan Vansina
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