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

The Civil War and the Genocide. References to this book Post-colonial Studies: Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda. Rejecting easy explanations of the genocide as a mysterious evil beome that was bizarrely unleashed, one of Africa’s best-known intellectuals situates the tragedy in its proper context. According to the author, Hutus who were victims during the colonial era turned into killers during the Genocide against Tutsi.

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 currents that reach well beyond Rwanda. Refresh and try again.

I came out of it with a much better understanding I think of the multiplicity of causes leading fictims to the Rwandan genocide. But Gourevitch is a journalist and Mamdani is an academic. I realized the other day that Mamdani is one of the few non-fiction writers who I regularly read, regardless of my background knowledge of or interest in the topic.


Mamdani is the m When I read Philip Gourevitch’s book over five years ago, I thought that it was the best book to understand Rwanda and the genocide in It is Vitcims title of this book really threw me off at first.

However, in terms mamadni 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. Paperbackpages. It explains why in the world would someone Kill.

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Sep 29, LaShawnda Jones rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This book can be used to explain so much. Contact Contact Us Help.

Underlying his statement is the realization that, though ordered by a minority of state functionaries, the slaughter was performed by hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens, including even judges, human rights activists, and doctors, nurses, priests, friends, and spouses of the victims.

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

Jan 02, Charlie rated it it was amazing. Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda Princeton: Jul 10, Lashelle Hill rated it liked it. To ask other readers questions about When Victims Become Killersplease sign up. Mamdani is always thought provoking and rewarding to read. It is not an easy read but does provide information and the authors insight. I read the book a few years ago as part of my graduate study for international affairs, so I don’t have the recall to give a detailed review.


Published September 1st by Princeton University Press first published The colonial story, versions of which were adopted both by Tutsis who dominated the country until and later by Hutu genocidaires, was that the Tutsi were a group of immigrant conquerors. I am not sure what to say really because this book have change me and I been telling everyone to read it.

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My one critique would be that Mamdani’s argument seems to loosen towards the end, particularly in his coverage of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, making his discussion of the years from perhaps less precise and a little less adequate than desired. May 11, Kimberly rated it liked it Shelves: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda.