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Understanding the facts surrounding this absolute atrocity does not make comprehending it any less difficult, but it is important for any hope at “never again”. Overall the author does a good job at explaining the events that culminated to the genocide against Tutsi.
When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda by Mahmood Mamdani
There have been few attempts to explain the Rwandan horror, and none has succeeded so well as this one. Princeton University Press- History bceome pages. Genocide is impossible to understand but this book comes closer to explaining it more than any other book I’ve read. Lists with This Book. The advantage of Mamdani’s book is that it offers “history from below,” becomee that the racialized hostility between Hutu and Tutsi helps to account for the extraordinary perhaps unprecedented degree of popular involvement in the killing campaign.
When I read Philip Gourevitch’s book over five years ago, I thought that it was the best book to mamadni Rwanda and the genocide in The Civil War and the Genocide. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This book should be in schools.
Took a long time to read about this hard subject. 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.
Books by Mahmood Mamdani. What followed is just history. A fantastic look at the historical context leading to the Rwandan genocide, and an even better re-thinking of citizenship in post-colonial societies. Dec 24, Ian Hefele rated it it was amazing.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: It is indeed the discrimination during the colonial era that led the Hutu revolutionists to rise up against the current monarchy and bring about the Hutu manifesto. These combined with continuing waves of popular violence against Tutsis to lead to a Tutsi exodus, especially to Uganda.
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However, in terms of setting up the historical background so t I was amazed by both the depth and breadth of this book. When Victims Become Killers: 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. I read this book 15 years ago and I think about this parallel often.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There have been few attempts to explain the Rwandan horror, and none has succeeded so well as this one. Anyone interested in the Rwandan genocide. In so doing, Mahmood Mamdani usefully broadens understandings of citizenship and political identity in postcolonial Africa.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. An interesting and in-depth analysis of Rwanda, the Hutu and theTutsi, although very academic and so not an easy read.
When Victims Become Killers: The author reaffirms that colonialism indeed created a strong divide between Hutu and Tutsi when the white colonialists portrayed Tutsi as Hamites whose birth right is to rule over the Bantu Hutu indigenous.
It took me like half way through the book to understand the reason behind the choice of the title. I am not sure what to say really because this book have change me and I been telling everyone to read it.
When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda
Apr 25, Gloria rated it really liked it. My main drawback to this book viftims that a lot of information was repeated. 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. However, in terms of 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.
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. Should try to read again sometime. A regime that seized power in lessened overt discrimination against Tutsis, but Hutu domination of Rwanda remained, as did the large refugee population in Uganda.
Aug 02, Jack added it. Open Preview See a Problem? More recently, this story has been dismissed among others, by apologists for Tutsi power with the argument that the categories Hutu and Tutsi involve occupation and status farmer vs.