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Prunier, Gérard

Works: 140 works in 370 publications in 3 languages and 7,144 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Director, Publishing director, Other, Thesis advisor, Opponent, Translator, Author of introduction
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gérard Prunier
Darfur : the ambiguous genocide by Gérard Prunier( Book )

36 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and German and held by 1,873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Prunier's elucidation of Rwanda's history seems to me to be beyond praise. He has reconstructed the entire process by which a through modern genocide was planned. He has read all the documents. He has interviewed both perpetrators and survivors. He has anatomized the cold process of mass murder in both theory and practice." Christopher Hitchens, Washington Post
The Rwanda crisis : history of a genocide by Gérard Prunier( Book )

51 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 1,714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the spring of 1994 the tiny African nation of Rwanda exploded onto the international media stage, as internal strife reached genocidal proportions. But the horror that unfolded before our eyes had been building steadily for years before it captured the attention of the world." "In The Rwanda Crisis, journalist and Africa scholar Gerard Prunier provides a current yet historical perspective that Western readers need to understand how and why the brutal massacres of 800,000 Rwandese came to pass. Prunier shows how the events in Rwanda were part of a deadly logic, a plan that served central political and economic interests, rather than a result of ancient tribal hatreds - a notion often invoked by the media to dramatize the fighting." "The Rwanda Crisis makes great strides in dispelling the racist cultural myths surrounding the people of Rwanda, views propagated by European colonialists in the nineteenth century and carved into "history" by Western influence. Prunier demonstrates how the struggle for cultural dominance and subjugation among the Hutu and Tutsi - the central players in the recent massacres - was exploited by racially obsessed Europeans. He shows how Western colonialists helped to construct a Tutsi identity as a superior racial type because of their distinctly "non-Negro" features in order to facilitate greater control over the Rwandese." "Expertly leading readers on a journey through the troubled history of the country and its surroundings, Prunier moves from the pre-colonial Kingdom of Rwanda, through German and Belgian colonial regimes, to the 1973 coup. The book chronicles the developing refugee crisis in Rwanda and neighboring Uganda in the 1970s and 1980s, and offers the most comprehensive account available of the manipulations of popular sentiment that led to the genocide and the events that have followed."--Jacket
Africa's world war : Congo, the Rwandan genocide, and the making of a continental catastrophe by Gérard Prunier( Book )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 1,339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Rwandan genocide sparked a horrific bloodbath that swept across sub-Saharan Africa, ultimately leading to the deaths of some four million people. In this history of the recent wars in Central Africa, Gerard Prunier offers an account of how one grisly episode laid the groundwork for a sweeping and disastrous upheaval. Prunier describes the grisly aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, when some two million refugees -- a third of Rwanda's population -- fled to exile in Zaire in 1996. The new Rwandan regime then crossed into Zaire and attacked the refugees, slaughtering upwards of 400,000 people. The Rwandan forces then turned on Zaire's despotic President Mobutu and, with the help of a number of allied African countries, overthrew him. But as Prunier shows, the collapse of the Mobutu regime and the ascension of the corrupt and erratic Laurent-Desire Kabila created a power vacuum that drew Rwanda, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and other African nations into an extended and chaotic war. The heart of the book documents how the whole core of the African continent became engulfed in an intractable and bloody conflict after 1998, a devastating war that only wound down following the assassination of Kabila in 2001. Prunier not only captures all this in his narrative, but he also indicts the international community for its utter lack of interest in what was then the largest conflict in the world
Darfur : a 21st century genocide by Gérard Prunier( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the political, economic, and cultural factors that led to the 2004 Darfur crisis in Western Sudan, during which Arab Janjaweed militias engaged in a campaign of violence against the residents of Western Sudan
Understanding contemporary Ethiopia( Book )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Seeks to dispel the myths and clichés surrounding contemporary perceptions of Ethiopia by providing a rare overview of the country's recent history, politics and culture. Explores the unique features of this often misrepresented country as it strives to make itself heard in the modern world."--Site de l'éditeur
Les Ethnies ont une histoire by Jean-Pierre Chrétien( Book )

16 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in French and English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From genocide to continental war : the 'Congolese' conflict and the crisis of contemporary Africa by Gérard Prunier( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In September 1996, in the aftermath of the Rwandese Genocide, a multinational African force led by Rwanda invaded what was then Zaire, with the aim of crushing the remnants of the genocidaire regime and of overthrowing that long time friend of the West, the dictator Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko wa Za Banga. They succeeded beyond their highest expectations. But that success disturbed what was then Africa's 'sick giant', an enormous amorphous space where over three hundred tribes coexisted in a series of uneasy compromises and where the last of the Cold Warriors, a man hated by a whole continent, precariously kept in check within an increasingly disarticulated geopolitical space a country his avarice had driven to a state of rotting despair." "The predictable result was the bloodiest conflict since the Second World War, involving fourteen African countries and causing the deaths of almost four million people (five times as many as in the Rwandese genocide which had triggered the process)." "In From Genocide to Continental War Gerard Prunier describes in precise and chilling detail this massive yet little-known conflict, which became known as 'Africa's First World War'. It became a litmus test for the fragile state of the continent as Africans were struggling to usher in a new era as the twentieth century drew to a close."--Jacket
Les Organisations : problèmes psycho-sociologiques by James G March( Book )

14 editions published between 1964 and 1999 in French and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

IL s'agit ici des "organisations formelles": entreprises, administrations, groupes et organismes sociaux. La mise au point porte sur les aspects théoriques des problèmes de comportement, de motivation et de conflits. La connaissance des processus rationnels, la planification et l'innovation font l'objet des derniers développements. Une mise à jour de la bibliographie aurait ajouté à la valeur de l'ouvrage
L'Éthiopie contemporaine by Gérard Prunier( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in French and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le Kenya contemporain( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in French and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'Ouganda et la question indienne : 1896-1972 by Gérard Prunier( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in French and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le Darfour : un génocide ambigu by Gérard Prunier( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Au début de 2003, le gouvernement islamiste du Soudan entreprend la répression contre les insurgés africains qui se sont soulevés contre le régime. La guerre, accompagnée de massacres et de déplacements de populations, continue dans cette province du Darfour, frontalière du Tchad. Selon l'auteur, la communauté internationale laisse se développer un nouveau (quasi) génocide
L'Ouganda contemporain( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in French and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rwanda, 1959-1996 : histoire d'un génocide by Gérard Prunier( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in French and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rwanda : le génocide by Gérard Prunier( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in French and English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce livre a été écrit fin 1994, au lendemain du massacre des Tutsis par les Hutus, et de la prise de pouvoir par le Front patriotique rwandais, par un éminent spécialiste de l'histoire africaine. Il s'agit d'un essai, très approfondi, mais également particulièrement engagé, qui analyse les causes du génocide rwandais selon deux axes: le principal, traité par le corps du texte, étudie la mécanique rwandaise, il est complété, sous forme de notes en bas de page, par des remarques concernant l'implication française dans l'avènement de ce drame. Société rwandaise et impact de la colonisation ou la construction d'une mythologie culturelle, La république hutu, Guerre civile et intervention étrangère, A reculons vers la démocratie, Le marathon pour la paix d'Arusha, Chronique d'un massacre annoncé, Génocide et reprise de la guerre, opération Turquoise et "Crépuscule des dieux" en Afrique Centrale, Epilogue ou nouveau départ?, Vivre dans un monde brisé
Rwanda crisis, 1954-94 : history of a genocide by Gérard Prunier( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of what I saw and heard : the last years of Emperor Menelik II & the brief rule of Iyassu by Marsʻé H̲azan Walda Qirqos( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Darfur : A 21st-Century Genocide, Third Edition by Gérard Prunier( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Praise for the 2005 Edition: "A passionate and highly readable account of the current tragedy that combines intimate knowledge of the region's history, politics, and sociology with a telling cynicism about the polite but ineffectual diplomatic efforts to end it. It is the best account available of the Darfur crisis."-Foreign Affairs "Does the conflict in Darfur, however bloody, qualify as genocide? Or does the application of the word ‛genocide’ to Darfur make it harder to understand this conflict in its awful peculiarity? Is it possible that applying a generic label to Darfurian violence makes the task of stopping it harder? Or is questioning the label simply insensitive, implying that whatever has happened in Darfur isn't horrible enough to justify a claim on the world's conscience, and thus invite inaction or even the dismissal of Darfur altogether? These questions lie at the heart of a much-needed new book by Gerard Prunier. In this book, Prunier casts aside labels and lays bare the anatomy of the Darfur crisis, drawing on a mixture of history and journalism to produce the most important book of the year on any African subject." "The emergency in Darfur in western Sudan is far from over, as Gérard Prunier points out in this comprehensive and authoritative book. . . . He concisely covers the history, the conflicts, and the players. . . . This book is essential for anyone wanting to learn about this complex conflict."-Library Journal "If Darfuris are Muslim, what is their quarrel with the Islamic government in Khartoum? If they and the janjaweed-‛evil horsemen’-driving them from their homes are both black, how can it be Arab versus African? If the Sudanese government is making peace with the south, why would it be risking that by waging war in the west? Above all, is it genocide? Gérard Prunier has the answers. An ethnographer and renowned Africa analyst, he turns on the evasions of Khartoum the uncompromising eye that dissected Hutu power excuses for the Rwanda genocide a decade ago."-The Guardian Darfur: A 21st Century Genocide explains what lies behind the conflict in Western Sudan, how it came about, why it is should not be oversimplified, and why it is so relevant to the future of Africa. As the world watches, governments decide if, when, and how to intervene, and international organizations struggle to distribute aid, Gérard Prunier's book provide crucial assistance. The third edition features a new chapter covering events through mid-2008
Rwanda in Zaire : from genocide to continental war by Gérard Prunier( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From peace to war : the southern Sudan 1972-1984 by Gérard Prunier( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The Rwanda crisis : history of a genocide
The Rwanda crisis : history of a genocideAfrica's world war : Congo, the Rwandan genocide, and the making of a continental catastropheDarfur : a 21st century genocideFrom genocide to continental war : the 'Congolese' conflict and the crisis of contemporary AfricaRwanda in Zaire : from genocide to continental war
Alternative Names
Gérard Prunier Frans historicus

Gérard Prunier französischer Historiker

Gérard Prunier French academic

Gérard Prunier historiador e profesor francés

Gérard Prunier historiador e professor francês

Gérard Prunier historiador y profesor francés

Gérard Prunier historien français et canadien par naturalisation

Prunier, G.

Prunier, Gerard.


English (157)

French (70)

German (2)