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Antecedents to Modern Rwanda
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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.

2001 French edition, Katharla Publishers

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Maps
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Note on Spelling
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. 1. Central Rwanda on the Eve of the Emergence of the Kingdom
  2. pp. 14-43
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  1. 2. The Rwanda of Ndori
  2. pp. 44-66
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  1. 3. Toward the Centralization of Power
  2. pp. 68-98
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  1. 4. Government in the Eighteenth Century
  2. pp. 99-125
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  1. 5. Social Transformations in the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 126-139
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  1. 6. The Triumph of the Great Families and Its Consequences
  2. pp. 140-163
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  1. 7. Nightmares: The Age of Rwabugiri (1867–1897)
  2. pp. 164-195
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  1. In Conclusion: History and the Present
  2. pp. 196-206
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  1. Appendix 1: Chronology
  2. pp. 207-216
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  1. Appendix 2: Predynastic Fairy Tales: Central Rwanda before Ndori
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 221-300
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 301 -312
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 313-354
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