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Author Mayersen, Deborah, author

Title On the path to genocide : Armenia and Rwanda re-examined / Deborah Mayersen
Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (260 pages)
Contents Introduction : 'The symptoms of an explosive situation': the temporal model of genocide -- I. The Armenian genocide : 'Trying desperately to escape history': the Armenian question ; 'A settled plan to slowly exterminate': the Hamidian massacres ; 'They will have to be destroyed': from massacre to genocide -- II. The Rwandan genocide : 'A European under black skin': precolonial and colonial Rwanda ; 'A massive rejection of the Tutsi as fellow nationals': race, violence and independence ; 'A cockroach gives birth to another cockroach': from coexistence to extermination -- III. The path to genocide : 'Driven by ethnic exclusivism': on the timing of genocide ; 'Our only hope, therefore, rests on the obstacle': constraints against genocide -- 'A pattern ... repeated numerous times': the wider applicability of the temporal model -- Conclusion. : 'We are all brothers': the temporal model and genocide prevention
Summary Why did the Armenian genocide erupt in Turkey in 1915, only seven years after the Armenian minority achieved civil equality for the first time in the history of the Ottoman Empire? How can we explain the Rwandan genocide occurring in 1994, after decades of relative peace and even cooperation between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority? Addressing the question of how the risk of genocide develops over time, On the Path to Genocide contributes to a better understand why genocide occurs when it does. It provides a comprehensive and comparative historical analysis of the factors that led to the 1915 Armenian genocide and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, using fresh sources and perspectives that yield new insights into the history of the Armenian and Rwandan peoples. Finally, it also presents new research into constraints that inhibit genocide, and how they can be utilized to attempt the prevention of genocide in the future
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.
Armenians -- Crimes against -- Turkey.
Genocide -- Rwanda.
Genocide -- Turkey.
Tutsi (African people) -- Crimes against -- Rwanda.
Rwanda -- Ethnic relations.
Rwanda -- History -- Civil War, 1994 -- Atrocities.
Turkey -- Ethnic relations.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1782382852 (electronic bk.)
9781782382850 (electronic bk.)
(hardback ;) (alk. paper)
(hardback ;) (alk. paper)