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What we do and do not know

McDoom, Omar Shahabudin (2020) What we do and do not know. In: The Path to Genocide in Rwanda: Security, Opportunity, and Authority in an Ethnocratic State. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1 - 44. ISBN 9781108491464

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Identification Number: 10.1017/9781108868839.001


This chapter describes the shocking yet puzzling characteristics of Rwanda’s violence that have marked it as a world-historical event and made it a key case for those interested in the study of genocides and mass killings. It offers the reader a review of the many competing theories for how and why genocides occur and also for how and why individuals come to participate in them. It also sets out the current scholarly consensus on these two questions in relation to Rwanda and highlights the various debates that remain unresolved despite the expansive scholarship on Rwanda. The chapter then offers an executive summary of the argument presented in the book and, in anticipation of the potentially polarized and politicized reaction that scholarship on the genocide often generates, a detailed exposition of the methods and evidence relied on to build this argument.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: Government
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2020 10:30
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2021 23:38

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