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Resilience of a Nation: A History of the Military in Rwanda.

By Frank Rusagara

Reviewed by Jean.C Abeck

At a time when all eyes are on Rwanda’s economic recovery, General Rusagara, a military historian, reminds his audience of the military’s turbulent history. While many observers of contemporary Rwanda focus on the 1994 genocide recovery, they often miss what defined its identity – the military as both a unifier and an agent of discord. Rusagara reminds us that for much of Rwanda’s history, from pre-colonial times to colonial, then post-independence, the military was the most consequential institution in the struggle for a Rwandan identity.

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