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Title:Politics and Violence in Burundi: The Language of Truth in an Emerging State
Author:Russell, Aidan
Series:African studies series
City of publisher:Cambridge
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Geographic term:Burundi
Subjects:political violence
State formation
Abstract:Telling the neglected history of decolonisation and violence in Burundi, the author examines the political language of truth that drove extraordinary change, from democracy to genocide. By focusing on the dangerous border between Burundi and Rwanda, this study uncovers the complexity from which ethnic ideologies, side-lined before independence in 1962, became gradually all-consuming by 1972. Framed by the rhetoric and uncertainty of 'truth', Russell draws on both African and European language source material to demonstrate how values of authority and citizenship were tested and transformed across the first decade of Burundi's independence, and a post-colony created in the interactions between African peasants and politicians across the margins of their states. Culminating with a rare examination of the first postcolonial genocide on the African continent, a so-called 'forgotten genocide' on the world stage, Russell reveals how the postcolonial order of central Africa came into being.