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The order of genocide : race, power, and war in Rwanda /
Scott Straus.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2006.
xiv, 273 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0801444489 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780801444487 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2006.
0801444489 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780801444487 (cloth : alk. paper)
general note
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Berkeley, 2004.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
PSP Prose Awards, USA, 2006 : Won
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
This superb work stands out among studies of Rwanda's traumatic genocide. Straus (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison), a former journalist with extensive experience in Africa, focuses on three factors: war as a rationale for mass killing; state control enabling widespread civil mobilization; and "collective ethnic mobilization," setting up classical us-versus-them contrasts. Among the most distinctive features are the author's interviews of convicted genocidaires. Amid the confusion of civil war and the assassination of the president, and without a firm, rapid international response, hard-liners seized the initiative. Straus estimates that between 175,000 and 210,000 perpetrators acted in groups, exterminating nearly all the Tutsis and numerous Hutus. Such large-scale civilian participation was "central to the nature of the Rwandan genocide," thus running contrary to the assumption that African states lack significant power, explaining the presumed anomaly vis-a-vis other genocides. Important "tipping points" occurred during 100 days of mass killings, notably the disengagement of international peacekeepers. The volume covers much the same ground as other books on the topic but provides valuable new insights. A useful, well-argued, multifaceted, convincing analysis. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. C. E. Welch University at Buffalo, SUNY
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Scott Straus steps back from the particulars of the Rwandan genocide to offer a dynamic model for understanding other instances of genocide in history - the Holocaust, Armenia, Cambodia, the Balkans - and assessing the future likelihood of such events.
Main Description
The Rwandan genocide has become a touchstone for debates about the causes of mass violence and the responsibilities of the international community. Yet a number of key questions about this tragedy remain unanswered: How did the violence spread from commun
Table of Contents
Background to the genocidep. 17
Genocide at the national and regional levelsp. 41
Local dynamicsp. 65
The Genocidairesp. 95
Why perpetrators say they committed genocidep. 122
The logic of genocidep. 153
Historical patterns of violencep. 175
Rwanda's leviathanp. 201
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