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Antecedents to modern Rwanda : the Nyiginya Kingdom

Author: Jan Vansina
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2004.
Series: Africa and the diaspora.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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History
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Vansina, Jan.
Antecedents to modern Rwanda.
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2004
(DLC) 2004007798
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Vansina
ISBN: 9780299201234 0299201236
OCLC Number: 614573769
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 354 pages) : maps.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: The oral sources --
1. Central Rwanda on the eve of the emergence of the kingdom --
The country and its inhabitants --
Fields and herds: subsistence activities --
Kinship and society --
Polities --
2. The Rwanda of Ndori --
The foundation of the kingdom --
Subsequent military campaigns: conquest or raids? --
Government: the ritual institutions --
Instruments of government: the corporations --
The realm --
3. Toward the centralization of power --
The seizure of the herds and the land --
The armies --
At the hub: court, king, and elites --
The recasting of royal ideology during Rejugira's reign --
The weight of the state --
4. Government in the eighteenth century --
Government from Gisanura to Rwaka --
Government under Rujugira and Ndabarasa --
Foreign relations under Gisanura and Mazimpaka --
Foreign relations under Rujugira and Ndabarasa --
5. Social transformations in the nineteenth century --
The transformations of society --
Hutu and Tutsi --
6. The triumph of the great families and its consequences --
Civil war and the supremacy of the elites --
Struggles for power at Gahindiro's and Rwogera's courts --
Expansion of the kingdom eastward and international trade --
A spontaneous expansion toward Lake Kivu and the land of the volcanoes? --
7. Nightmares: the age of Rwabugiri (1867-1897) --
Political crisis and wars from 1867-1889 --
Isolation breached and the hatching of a coup d'Etat --
The nightmare of violence used as a political tool --
A balance sheet --
History and the present.
Series Title: Africa and the diaspora.
Other Titles: Rwanda ancien.
Responsibility: Jan Vansina ; translated by the author.

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