From War to Genocide
Criminal Politics in Rwanda, 1990–1994
Critical Human Rights
Steve J. Stern and Scott Straus, Series Editors
“A landmark in the historiography of the Rwandan genocide. No serious
scholar writing about the genocide can afford to ignore this trailblazing
In April 1994 Rwanda exploded in violence, with political, social, and economic
divisions most visible along ethnic lines of the Hutu and Tutsi factions. The ensuing
killings resulted in the deaths of as much as 20 percent of Rwanda’s population.
André Guichaoua, who was present as the genocide began, unfolds a complex story
with multiple actors, including three major political parties that each encompassed
a spectrum of positions, all reacting to and influencing a rapidly evolving situation.
Economic polarities, famine-fueled privation, clientelism, corruption, north-south
rivalries, and events in the neighboring nations of Burundi and Uganda all deepened
ethnic tensions, allowing extremists to prevail over moderates.
Guichaoua draws on years of meticulous research to describe and analyze
this history. He emphasizes that the same virulent controversies that fueled the
conflict have often influenced judicial, political, and diplomatic responses to it,
reproducing the partisan cleavages between the former belligerents and implicating
state actors, international institutions, academics, and the media. Guichaoua
insists upon the imperative of absolute intellectual independence in pursuing the
truth about some of the gravest human rights violations of the twentieth century.
For extensive supplementary information, visit these websites:
“Dispels myth after myth about the Rwandan genocide and Rwandan history.”
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LC: 2015010239 DT
478 pp. 6 x 9
4 maps, 2 tables
• Original French edition: Éditions La Découverte, 2010