History as a Justification for Genocide:
 the Interpretation of Rwanda's Past by Théoneste Bagosora
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History as a Justification for Genocide:
 the Interpretation of Rwanda's Past by Théoneste Bagosora
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S207987840002306-5-1
DOI
10.18254/S0002306-5-1
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Article
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Ivan Krivushin 
Affiliation: Higher School of Education
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Abstract
The article explores how Rwandan history and its pivotal events are interpreted by Colonel Théoneste Bagosora, one of the chief instigator and mastermind of the 1994 genocide. It argues that this interpretation is shaped entirely by Bagosora’s politico-ideological goals and intentions. His approach is based on the binary black-and-white ethnicized vision of national history and it is tainted by racial and ethnic prejudices. By viewing history in this way, Bagosora tries to justify the mass killing of the Tutsis in April–July 1994 and to absolve himself and other extremist Hutu leaders of responsibility for one of the greatest tragedies in the history of mankind. The historical arguments he developed and systematized have become the basis of all subsequent attempts to deny, minimize or justify the 1994 genocide.
Keywords
Genocide in Rwanda, Theoneste Bagasora, ethnicised history, Hamitic theory, “Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines”
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17.03.2018
Publication date
30.06.2018
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