Date

6-2010

Degree Name

BA in History

Department

History Department

Advisor(s)

Matthew S. Hopper

Abstract

Eric Weitz's A Century of Genocide works at defining genocide in a way that makes it possible for future members of society to see the warning signs that take place before such atrocities. Although each incident has unique properties, there are significant characteristics to each that help historians define when something becomes a genocide . The three main factors that lead to such occurrences are as follows: certain view points on race and nation, revolutionary governments that uphold certain utopian ambitions, and times of crisis that have been created by “war and domestic upheaval.” In this study, I will be applying Weitz’s theory on genocide to that of Rwanda in 1994 to argue that the same factors that contributed to Weitz’s genocides were also present in the Rwandan genocide.