Historical and Political Background
Benyamin Neuberger [+]
The Open University of Israel
This chapter covers the background of the genocide, including the history of precolonial Rwanda and its traditional system of government. It also relates to German and Belgian colonial rule and to the development of colonial race theory. It further covers the period from independence to genocide (1962–1994), including the Hutu Revolution of the early 1960s and the pogroms of the early 1990s.