Burundi: Ethnic Conflict and Genocide by Rene LemarchandBurundi: Ethnic Conflict and Genocide by Rene Lemarchand

Burundi: Ethnic Conflict and Genocide

byRene Lemarchand

Paperback | January 26, 1996

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This book situates Burundi in the current global debate on ethnicity by describing and analyzing the wholesale massacre of the Hutu majority by the Tutsi minority. The author refutes the government's version of these events that places blame on the former colonial government and the church. He offers documentation that identifies the source of these massacres as occurring across a socially constructed fault-line that pitted the Hutu majority's use of ethnicity as an instrument for the achievement of majority rule in parliament against the Tutsi minority's use of ethnocide to gain hegemony. By analyzing the roots of ethnicity conflict, the author derives institutional and other formulae through which conflict among the primary groups in Burundi--and elsewhere--may be mitigated. Published in cooperation with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).
Title:Burundi: Ethnic Conflict and GenocideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:January 26, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521566231

ISBN - 13:9780521566230


Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. The Burundi paradox; 2. The meta-conflict: violence as discourse; 3. History as prologue; 4. The crystallization of ethnic tensions; 5. The 1972 watershed; 6. The restructuring of state-society relations; 7. The 1988 killings: the anatomy of fear; 8. Toward a grand settlement; 9. Hegemony, consociationalism, democracy, or none of the above?; 10. Epilogue; References; Index.

From Our Editors

This book offers a wide-ranging discussion of the roots and consequences of ethnic strife in Burundi, and provides the reader with an appropriate background for an understanding of Burundi's transition to multiparty democracy and the coup and violence that followed.

Editorial Reviews

"This timely book is also well-written, extremely informative, and deeply engaged--both in the horrors of ethnocide and in the intellectual debates over its causes and patterns...Lemarchand's account is indispensable; for it makes this history--in all its complexity--clear without being simplistic, and accessible to a wide audience, as it deserves to be. In short, this book provides a basic tool for readers at all levels." Choice