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Antecedents to Modern Rwanda: The Nyiginya Kingdom (Africa and the Diaspora)

 
 
 
 
Antecedents to Modern Rwanda: The Nyiginya Kingdom (Africa and the Diaspora)
Author: Jan Vansina
ISBN 13: 9780299201241
ISBN 10: 299201244
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 2004-11-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $24.95
 
 

Vansina (history and anthropology, U. of Wisconsin-Madison) reviews the pre-colonial history of what is now the African country of Rwanda, focusing on the Nyiginya Dynasty of the 18th and 19th centuries. He privileges reconstructed oral narratives and other "grassroots" sources over those produced by colonial Europeans in his discussions of the emergence of Hutu and Tutsi ethnic identities, conflicts among the royal families, territorial expansion, and the civil wars of 1796-1801. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR