Explaining the 1994 genocide in Rwanda

  title={Explaining the 1994 genocide in Rwanda},
  author={Helen Hintjens},
  journal={The Journal of Modern African Studies},
  pages={241 - 286}
  • H. Hintjens
  • Published 1 June 1999
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Modern African Studies
Any adequate account of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda must acknowledge manipulation by external forces, domestic pressures and psychological factors. Even so, the nature of the Rwandan state must be seen as absolutely central. The genocide took place under the aegis of the state, and Rwandans were the main actors involved. Both precolonial legacies and colonial policies contributed to the formation of this state, whose increasingly autocratic and unpopular government was, by the early 1990s… 
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