The Roots of Genocide: Folkedrabs rødder

Oliver Mølby Romme, Malthe Kjærulff Sandbye, Rasmus Bernth Davidsen, Micha Juul Schmidt, Louis Høst Laursen & Iluuna Marie Heilmann

Student thesis: Basic Project


This paper examines the genocide of Rwanda in 1994 through a series of different theories. It introduces Gérard Prunier's historical presentation of the events before, during and after the Rwandan genocide. This paper includes theories from social psychology, political science, cultural and historical theories and an eyewitness testimony. These theories are used to describe how and why genocides occur from different standpoints and are divided into two different categories: general genocide explanations and Rwandan genocide explanations. For the analysis, the theories are applied to the events of the Rwandan genocide to validate or invalidate the main points that are presented. After the initial analysis, the main points of each individual theory are then compared, by finding shared commonalities between the general explanations and the Rwandan explanations separated into the same categories as previously. In the analysis these two categories are compared to identify which parts of the general genocide explanation matches the Rwandan genocide explanations. Starting with the above commonalities, it discusses whether possible genocide warnings can be detected prior to the genocide breaking out. The paper finally concludes which signs are the most prevalent and suggests that if the generally hesitant attitude towards intervention could be changed, we might see some progress in genocide prevention, as the most common preconditions of a genocide is relatively easy to spot and prevent.

EducationsBasic - Bachelor Study Programme in Humanities, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date27 May 2019
Number of pages66
SupervisorsRasmus Kjærgaard Rasmussen