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The first English language publication of a major history of the Great Lakes region of Africa Though the genocide of 1994 catapulted Rwanda onto the international stage English language historical accounts of the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa which encompasses Burundi eastern Congo Rwanda western Tanzania and Uganda are scarce Drawing on colonial archives oral tradition archeological discoveries anthropologic and linguistic studies and his thirty years of scholarship Jean Pierre Chretien offers a major synthesis of the history of the region one still plagued by extremely violent wars This translation brings the work of a leading French historian to an English speaking audience for the first time Chretien retraces the human settlement and the formation of kingdoms around the sources of the Nile which were discovered by European explorers around 1860 He describes these kingdoms' complex social and political organization and analyzes how German British and Belgian colonizers not only transformed and exploited the existing power structures but also projected their own racial categories onto them Finally he shows how the independent states of the postcolonial era in particular Burundi Rwanda and Uganda have been trapped by their colonial and precolonial legacies especially by the racial rewriting of the latter by the former Today argues Chretien the Great Lakes of Africa is a crucial region for historical research not only because its history is fascinating but also because the tragedies of its present are very much a function of the political manipulations of its pastThe first English language publication of a major history of the Great Lakes region of Africa Though the genocide of 1994 catapulted Rwanda onto the international stage English language historical accounts of the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa which encompasses Burundi eastern Congo Rwanda western Tanzania and Uganda are scarce Drawing on colonial archives oral tradition archeological discoveries anthropologic and linguistic studies and his thirty years of scholarship Jean Pierre Chretien offers a major synthesis of the history of the region one still plagued by extremely violent wars This translation brings the work of a leading French historian to an English speaking audience for the first time Chretien retraces the human settlement and the formation of kingdoms around the sources of the Nile which were discovered by European explorers around 1860 He describes these kingdoms' complex social and political organization and analyzes how German British and Belgian colonizers not only transformed and exploited the existing power structures but also projected their own racial categories onto them Finally he shows how the independent states of the postcolonial era in particular Burundi Rwanda and Uganda have been trapped by their colonial and precolonial legacies especially by the racial rewriting of the latter by the former Today argues Chretien the Great Lakes of Africa is a crucial region for historical research not only because its history is fascinating but also because the tragedies of its present are very much a function of the political manipulations of its pastThe first English language publication of a major history of the Great Lakes region of Africa Though the genocide of 1994 catapulted Rwanda onto the international stage English language historical accounts of the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa which encompasses Burundi eastern Congo Rwanda western Tanzania and Uganda are scarce Drawing on colonial archives oral tradition archeological discoveries anthropologic and linguistic studies and his thirty years of scholarship Jean Pierre Chretien offers a major synthesis of the history of the region one still plagued by extremely violent wars This translation brings the work of a leading French historian to an English speaking audience for the first time Chretien retraces the human settlement and the formation of kingdoms around the sources of the Nile which were discovered by European explorers around 1860 He describes these kingdoms' complex social and political organization and analyzes how German British and Belgian colonizers not only transformed and exploited the existing power structures but also projected their own racial categories onto them Finally he shows how the independent states of the postcolonial era in particular Burundi Rwanda and Uganda have been trapped by their colonial and precolonial legacies especially by the racial rewriting of the latter by the former Today argues Chretien the Great Lakes of Africa is a crucial region for historical research not only because its history is fascinating but also because the tragedies of its present are very much a function of the political manipulations of its past


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    This has to be one of the hardest books to read that I have ever come across Chertien spends too much time being too critical of every piece of work that proceeded this work An abundance of facts bog the reader down and stifles understanding I am sorry I can not begin to put into words how depressed reading this made me feel I kept skipping bits hoping that I would get to the bits where I could begin to understand what was being saidbut no If you love detail detail detail and detail and want to have a dictionary open at all times if you want to get bogged down lose the flow then this is for you If you want an entertaining read that helps you understand this region one that challenges your present conception of The Great Lakes of Africa then this is not for you