How did European colonialism affect the Rwandan Genocide?

Research Question: How did European colonialism affect the Rwandan Genocide?

Thesis: The Rwandan Genocide was a recent tragedy that has its roots in European colonialism. The European colonists created extreme racial divisions to divide the Rwandans then theses racial divisions later manifested in the Rwandan Genocide and other conflicts.

  • Topic Sentence #1:

The Belgians and the Germans used race to divide the Rwandans by issuing race

cards and making the Tutsis the ruling class dividing the Rwandans and making the Hutus feel inferior.

  • Topic Sentence #2: The racial tensions between the Hutus and the Tutsis has erupted in violence before the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 such as in 1959 when the king of Rwanda-Urundi died and again in 1986.

Topic Sentence #3:The racial tensions between the Hutus and the Tutsis has erupted in violence before the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 such as in 1959 when the king of Rwanda-Urundi died and again in 1986.

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Rusesabagina, Paul, and Tom Zoellner. An Ordinary Man; The True Story behind Hotel Rwanda. Bloomsbury, 2006.

Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450. Ed. Thomas Benjamin. Vol. 3. Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. p996-998.

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Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students. Ed. John Middleton. Vol. 1. New York, NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2002. p151-167.

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