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The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 21. Mai 1998

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Although it occurred only in 1994, the civil war in the tiny central African nation of Rwanda has already slipped from memory. In that country, writes Belgian historian Gérard Prunier, Tutsi and Hutu fell to slaughtering each other at the end of a long history of Belgian, German, and French colonialism that deliberately played on ethnic tensions. The final "historical product" was the murder of perhaps a million people and the displacement another two million, nearly half of the country's population all told. Prunier traces a course through the complex history of unrest and hatred that washed over Rwanda, and he looks deeply into the question of why this horror could have happened in an era of international peacekeeping. His conclusion is disturbing: "Genocides are a modern phenomenon--they require organization--and they are likely to become more frequent." -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.


'The most thorough treatment of the background to the massacres ... He presents his balanced and painstaking research with clarity and skill, and he shows how the ideological, political, and economic components of Rwanda's human time bomb slowly assembled... A former consultant to the Mitterrand government, Prunier is particularly well informed on the shameful role of the French in helping create the conditions that led to the 1994 explosion.'--Foreign Affairs 'Gerard Prunier's new history of the Rwandan genocide casts this sad moment into the black and white relief of print and commits to memory the struggle of those Rwandans who fell victim to the atrocities of last year's tragedy. His book is a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives, and an important contribution to the work of understanding the complexities of modern conflict.' -- The Boston Book Revie 'Prunier's elucidation of [Rwanda's history] seems to me to be beyond praise. He has reconstructed the entire process by which a thorough modern genocide was planned.He has read all the documents. He has interviewed both perpetrators and survivors. He has anatomized the cold process of mass murder in both theory and practice.' -- Christopher Hitchens, Washington Post

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I found this book to be very informative. I agree with the other reviewer that Prunier sticks to the facts but that's not always a bad thing. If you saw him on the Frontline documentary Valentina's Nightmare, you will see that he is not unemotional about the genocide. He points out the irony, and misguidedness of the world finally reacting by setting up refugee camps to feed the killlers. He clearly is affected by the genocide. After reading the Gouretivch book on Rwanda I felt I needed more information, more history, etc. on Rwanda and this book provided it. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the genocide. It is not easy to read, because the subject matter is so disturbing, but it is informative.
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Probably the best background read to understand the rwanda Genocide. Yes, it might at times be dry, but Prunier's analysis is throrough. Though Gourevitch (referred to in another review) writes good stories on what really happened to people, Gourevitch clearly did not have the background knowledge. Prunier is able to put the conclict in its historic perspective.
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Though the cold hard facts are present, I found a lack of passion towards what Mr. Prunier was writting about. He may have felt compassion towards the estimated 1,000 brutally murdered people, but he did not express it in his words. For practically the whole book you learn about the politics involved but not the people, the real people. The lack of enthusiasm and compassion make this book dry and uninteresting towards the younger audience. Mr. Prunier is a very good author but he needs to show, in words, his feelings, not the cold hard facts. NOT everything is as black and white as some may see it to be.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A horrifying report on how we humans behave 8. Februar 2005
Von Jill Malter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book has plenty of information about Rwanda and the 1994 genocide there. Yes, the book may appear anti-Hutu. But that is because so many of the Hutus were guilty of genocide. The fact that not all Tutsis have always been angels does not change that.

Rwanda is a country of a little over 10,000 square miles, with several million people. At the beginning of 1994, about ten percent of its people were Tutsis and almost all of the rest were Hutus. There were about 900,000 Tutsis. In the space of a few weeks, 800,000 of the Tutsis were brutally murdered, many of them by their neighbors, who generally used machetes to slaughter them. This was a carefully planned extermination. There was a long period of incitement. And even the word "inyenzi" (literally, "cockroaches") used by Hutu extremists to describe Tutsis started as a reference to violent armed men who tended to move at night. It was not merely a term of derision, but also one which helped produce a reaction of fear that encouraged the massacres.

The author explains that had it not been for the success of a Tutsi army in eventually (but too late) taking the capital city, the leaders of the genocide probably would have gotten away with it completely. There might have been a brief and partial UN boycott, with France discreetly violating it, followed by a restoration of international ties with the government.

The differences between Tutsis and Hutus had made a big impression on European colonialists a century earlier. The Tutsis were usually considerably taller and thinner than the Hutus. The Tutsis typically had narrower noses and lighter skins as well. Europeans had put Tutsis in control of the land in spite of the fact that the Hutus were a big majority. However, when Rwanda obtained independence, the Hutus gained control and the Tutsis were almost entirely unrepresented in the government or military leadership.

Although most of the Tutsis in Rwanda were killed, several hundred thousand Tutsis who lived outside Rwanda moved into that country when the Tutsi army gained control of it. And well over a million Hutus fled Rwanda.

Prunier makes many interesting points. One is that although many people claimed that the Tutsis were much richer than the Hutus, the average incomes of Tutsis and Hutus were about the same. Another is about the role of France in supporting the Hutus. There is a revealing quote of a French minister who was asked about this and gave a very unconvincing denial: "Me! Accuse me of having got people to train death squads! Let's be serious! In all these crises some people always find a way to attack France."

When some French troops finally showed up in the area, the Hutus applauded them in a big way. Radio announcements told Hutu girls to "wash yourselves and put on a good dress for our French allies. The Tutsi girls are all dead so you have your chance."

These sorts of things, along with some amazing official French comments about the Hutus and Tutsis killing each other, as though there were simply victims and no criminals, make it appear that France was a big part of the problem. The United Nations forces, with their instructions not to stop any of the atrocities, were worse than useless.

I learned quite a bit from this book. It is a sobering look at our species.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eclipsed, but important 16. November 2002
Von Andrew Bruske - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
From an ex-Peace Corps Volunteer, Rwanda.
This book seems to have been eclipsed by Gourevitch's journalistic account. Prunier was there and writing at the time that this happened. This book is basically a compilation of his observations of the genocide in Rwanda as it was occuring. It is, perhaps, less passionate than other accounts, but that only makes it more chilling. It traces the origins of the Rwanda genocide, the horrors of preparation and execution. This is an important book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen History is usually manipulated to charge events with passion 3. September 2000
Von R. Campani - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
and Mr. Prunier, tries to keep out of this game as well as possible. He does so - and this is and answer to the reader who finds it a pitty not to express emotions - because he is aware of the hot climate in which this event is being regarded. Scholars, journalists, people, press and governements draw from the history of Rwanda and from the stereotypes of Africa not to explain what (the facts) happened in 1994, but to impose their own opinion every time, to justify their position. We had enough of this! I really appreciate that Mr. Prunier does his best in not participating to the emotional game. We need to set out the facts in a clear way, this is the only way to discuss. I can understand that it might be hard for someone, expecially for rwandese whose family suffered in the massacres to accept this "cold observer from the outside", still I would like to ask these people to recall all the occasions in which precisely emotional arguments created trouble in that little state in the middle of Africe, and in the world's politics. Thank you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An amazing book 1. April 2005
Von P. Pyott - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I have read no other book that so dispassionately, logically, and compellingly (and yes, perhaps coldly) simply gives the reader the facts. Not an easy read, as sometimes I had to read the pages twice to fully grasp the meaning, but a great experience. Probably the best book I've ever read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen AMAZING Book! 4. Oktober 2011
Von Sharp Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an amazing book, a must-read if you want to find out why and how the genocide unfolded in Rawanda. I have read other books on this subject, including prize-winning ones, but none is as thorough lucid and as well written as this account. This is a book that is actually about Rawanda and not a book about someone passing through Rawanda. Good job Gerard Prunier!
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