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The ignorant bystander?: Britain and the Rwandan genocide of 1994

Dean J. White


The book uses a case study of the British response to the Rwandan genocide of 1994 to understand what factors motivate the decision to intervene in humanitarian crises overseas; it is primarily a study of British politics, especially under Conservative Governments, rather than a study of the genocide itself. The book begins with a review of the general literature on humanitarian intervention and a brief description of the background to the genocide. It then moves on to focus on the British response; the research uses interviews with ministers and senior civil servants and documents obtained un ... More

Keywords: Rwanda, Peacekeeping, Humanitarian Intervention, UNAMIR, John Major, Douglas Hurd

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719095238
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719095238.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dean J. White, author
Northumbria University