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Published: 04 August 2016

360 Pages | 12 illus.


ISBN: 9780190612375

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Rwanda Before the Genocide

Catholic Politics and Ethnic Discourse in the Late Colonial Era

J.J. Carney

  • The first English-language monograph on Rwandan Catholic history in over thirty years
  • The first post-genocide history to focus explicitly on the 1950s, a decade that established the political and ethnic narratives that dominated Rwanda's post-colonial period
  • Reveals how the supposedly primordial Hutu-Tutsi narrative was in fact muted during the early 1950s, overshadowed by black-white tensions in the church and other political narratives framed in non-ethnic terms
  • Offers the first analysis of how the Catholic major seminary and other church institutions served as sites of contestation in Rwanda's late colonial ethnic disputes
  • This research grows out of newly released archival material from the Missionaries of Africa archives in Rome. The author is the first researcher to consult archival material for the critical revolutionary years that culminated with Rwandan independence in 1962