Colonizing Colonizers: On the Colonial Transformation of "Pre-Colonial" Rwanda

Paul, Axel. (2020) Colonizing Colonizers: On the Colonial Transformation of "Pre-Colonial" Rwanda. Comparativ : Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung, 30 (3-4). pp. 353-371.

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Even before Rwanda became a German colony in the final years of the nineteenth century, the pre-colonial Rwandan kingdom ruled over western frontier territories which had already acquired a quasi-colonial status. Here, models and methods of domination and exploitation were developed that, under European colonial rule, came to serve as the blueprint for Rwanda's pseudo-traditional socio-political structure. Yet, it was European colonialism which transformed Rwanda's pre-colonial imperialism into a case of internal colonialism. The first part of the paper deals with general reasons for the development of statehood in interlacustrine Africa. The second part focuses on the rise and inner dynamics of the Rwandan empire from the mideighteenth century until the arrival of the European conquerors. The last part outlines to what extent the European presence in Rwanda enabled the Rwandan monarchy not only to survive, but to live up to its pretension to be the sovereign ruler of the country.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Soziologie (Paul)
UniBasel Contributors:Paul, Axel
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Leipziger Universitätsverlag
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:20 Jan 2021 14:45
Deposited On:20 Jan 2021 14:45

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