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Historical dictionary of Rwanda /
Aimable Twagilimana.
edition
New ed.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, c2007.
description
lii, 229 p. : maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0810853132 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780810853133 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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added author
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, c2007.
isbn
0810853132 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780810853133 (hardcover : alk. paper)
general note
Rev. ed. of: Historical dictionary of Rwanda / Learthen Dorsey. 1994.
catalogue key
6247070
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-227).
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Aimable Twagilimana is professor of English at Buffalo State College, SUNY.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-03-01:
Written in the shadow of Rwanda's tragic recent past by native Twagilimana (English, Buffalo State), this is a revision of the 1994 work of the same title by L. Dorsey (CH, Jul'95, 32-5975). It updates the previous edition in light of developments since the civil war. Following the format of all books in the "Historical Dictionaries" series, a chronology and brief introduction precede the entries, which focus on significant persons (former kings and political and military leaders) and major events bearing on the political, social, economic, and cultural aspects of Rwanda's history. Several hundred in number, many address or relate to various aspects of the horrific genocidal acts committed in Rwanda, which are among the worst in modern African history. Also included are a list of acronyms and abbreviations, maps showing Rwanda's African neighbors and provinces, four appendixes providing basic facts about the country and a list of its leaders, and a detailed categorized bibliography. Given its scope, the book makes an excellent companion volume for those studying Rwanda's current political situation and troubled history. It would benefit from an index and more extensive cross-referencing, but these are minor shortcomings. It will be a useful addition to collections on Africa. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty/researchers, and general readers. D. Ettinger George Washington University
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a useful addition to collections on Africa. Summing Up: Recommended.
The book's data could help other cultures and relief agencies see danger signs and comprehend present-day Rwanda.
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Summaries
Long Description
Blessed with natural beauty and rich vegetation, Rwanda is often called the "land of a thousand hills" ( le pays des mille collines). A proud people, the Banyarwanda (Rwandans) possess a centric view of the world, believing that Imana (God) favors Rwanda, as conveyed through the saying " Imana yirirwa ahandi igataha i Rwanda" (God spends the day some place else but goes back home to Rwanda to sleep) and the fact that Rwanda means "the universe." However, this idyllic view of Rwanda sharply contrasts with the sad history of ethnic strife that has unfolded in the country since the 1950s: the 1959 Hutu Revolution followed by years of anti-Tutsi pogroms, undemocratic regimes, the civil war of 1990-1994, and, more significantly, the April-July 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and Hutu who opposed the killings. This new edition of Historical Dictionary of Rwanda, through its chronology, introductory essays, appendixes, maps, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects, provides an important reference on this central African country.
Title Summary
"Blessed with natural beauty and rich vegetation, Rwanda is often called the "land of a thousand hills." A proud people, the Banyarwanda (Rwandans) possess a centric view of the world, believing that Imana (God) favors Rwanda, as conveyed through the saying "Imana yirirwa ahandi igataha i Rwanda" (God spends the day someplace else but goes back home to Rwanda to sleep) and the fact that Rwanda means "the universe." However, this idyllic view of Rwanda sharply contrasts with the sad history of ethnic strife that has unfolded in the country since the 1950s: the 1959 Hutu revolution followed by years of anti-Tutsi pogroms, undemocratic regimes, the civil war of 1990-1994, and, more significantly, the April-July 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and Hutu who opposed the killings." "This updated edition of Historical Dictionary of Rwanda, through its chronology, introduction, appendixes, maps, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important people, places, events, and institutions and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects, is an invaluable reference on this central African country."--BOOK JACKET.
Long Description
Blessed with natural beauty and rich vegetation, Rwanda is often called the "land of a thousand hills" (le pays des mille collines). A proud people, the Banyarwanda (Rwandans) possess a centric view of the world, believing that Imana (God) favors Rwanda, as conveyed through the saying "Imana yirirwa ahandi igataha i Rwanda" (God spends the day some place else but goes back home to Rwanda to sleep) and the fact that Rwanda means "the universe." However, this idyllic view of Rwanda sharply contrasts with the sad history of ethnic strife that has unfolded in the country since the 1950s: the 1959 Hutu Revolution followed by years of anti-Tutsi pogroms, undemocratic regimes, the civil war of 1990-1994, and, more significantly, the April-July 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and Hutu who opposed the killings. This new edition of Historical Dictionary of Rwanda, through its chronology, introductory essays, appendixes, maps, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects, provides an important reference on this central African country.
Table of Contents
Editor's Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Reader's Notep. xiii
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xv
Mapsp. xxiii
Chronologyp. xxvii
Introductionp. xxxix
The Dictionaryp. 1
Rwanda at a Glancep. 177
Bami (Kings) of Rwandap. 181
Presidents of Rwandap. 183
Prime Ministers of Rwandap. 185
Bibliographyp. 187
About the Authorp. 229
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