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    J. Vansina(Author Translator) Thomas Spear(Contributor) David Henige(Contributor) Michael Schatzberg(Contributor)&1more

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To understand the genocide and other dramatic events of Rwanda's recent past, one must understand the history of the earlier realm. Jan Vansina provides a critique of the history recorded by early missionaries and court historians and provides a bottom-up view, drawing on hundreds of grassroots narratives. He describes the genesis of the Hutu and Tutsi identities, their growing social and political differences, their bitter feuds, revolts, and massacres, and the relevance of this dramatic history to the post-genocide Rwanda of today.

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 Lemarchand, African Affairs

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