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In Making and Unmaking Nations, Scott Straus seeks to provide an explanation for why and the way genocide takes place—and, might be extra very important, the way it has been refrained from in areas the place it might probably have appeared most probably or perhaps inevitable. to unravel that puzzle, he examines postcolonial Africa, examining international locations within which genocide happened and the place it can have yet didn't. Why have there now not been different Rwandas? Straus reveals that deep-rooted ideologies—how leaders make their nations—shape suggestions of violence and are primary to what ends up in or clear of genocide. different serious components comprise the dynamics of battle, the position of restraint, and the interplay among nationwide and native actors within the staging of campaigns of large-scale violence.

Grounded in Straus's huge fieldwork in modern Africa, the research of significant twentieth-century instances of genocide, and the literature on genocide and political violence, Making and Unmaking international locations facilities on cogent analyses of 3 nongenocide situations (Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal) and within which genocide happened (Rwanda and Sudan). Straus’s empirical research is predicated partially on an unique database of presidential speeches from 1960 to 2005. The ebook additionally contains a broad-gauge research of all significant situations of large-scale violence in Africa on the grounds that decolonization. Straus’s insights into the motives of genocide will tell the learn of political violence in addition to giving policymakers and nongovernmental corporations helpful instruments for the future.

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