Historical Dictionary of Rwanda by Aimable TwagilimanaHistorical Dictionary of Rwanda by Aimable Twagilimana

Historical Dictionary of Rwanda

byAimable Twagilimana

Hardcover | October 1, 2007

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Blessed with natural beauty and rich vegetation, Rwanda is often called the "land of a thousand hills" (le pays des mille collines). A proud people, the Banyarwanda (Rwandans) possess a centric view of the world, believing that Imana (God) favors Rwanda, as conveyed through the saying "Imana yirirwa ahandi igataha i Rwanda" (God spends the day some place else but goes back home to Rwanda to sleep) and the fact that Rwanda means "the universe." However, this idyllic view of Rwanda sharply contrasts with the sad history of ethnic strife that has unfolded in the country since the 1950s: the 1959 Hutu Revolution followed by years of anti-Tutsi pogroms, undemocratic regimes, the civil war of 1990-1994, and, more significantly, the April-July 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and Hutu who opposed the killings. This new edition of Historical Dictionary of Rwanda, through its chronology, introductory essays, appendixes, maps, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects, provides an important reference on this central African country.
Aimable Twagilimana, a native of Rwanda, is Professor of English at the University at Buffalo.
Title:Historical Dictionary of RwandaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.88 × 5.81 × 1 inPublished:October 1, 2007Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810853132

ISBN - 13:9780810853133

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Table of Contents

Part 0 Maps Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Reader's Note Part 4 List of Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 6 Chronology Part 7 Introduction Part 8 THE DICTIONARY Part 9 Appendix A: Rwanda at a Glance Part 10 Appendix B: Bami (Kings) of Rwanda Part 11 Appendix C: Presidents of Rwanda Part 12 APpendix D: Prime Ministers of Rwanda Part 13 Bibliography Part 14 About the Author

Editorial Reviews

a useful addition to collections on Africa. Summing Up: Recommended.