This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more information, see our privacy statement

New Left Review I/216, March-April 1996


Mahmood Mamdani

From Conquest to Consent as the Basic of State Formation: Reflections on Rwanda

1994 was the year the African intelligentsia lost its innocence. [1] This is a revised version of a paper presented to the conference on ‘Crisis in the Great Lakes Region’, organized by the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (codesria) in Arusha, Tanzania, 4–7 September, 1995, and subsequently to the Sephis workshop on ‘The Forging of Nationhood and the Contest over Citizenship, Ethnicity and History,’ at New Delhi, India, 6–8 February, 1996. The author would like to acknowledge research funding from the programme on Peace and International Security of the MacArthur Foundation. Literally in the same week, South Africa began a historic journey to reconciliation and the genocide in Rwanda became an epic tragedy. If we had been told a few years earlier by some clairvoyant that there would soon be a genocide in one country and a reconciliation in the other, I wonder how many of us would have guessed their identities right.

Subscribe for just £40 and get free access to the archive
Please login on the left to read more or buy the article for £3

Username:

Mahmood Mamdani, ‘From Conquest to Consent as the Basis of State Formation: Reflections on Rwanda’, NLR I/216: £3
Password:
 



If you want to create a new NLR account please register here

’My institution subscribes to NLR, why can't I access this article?’