The Republic of Burundi, a small, but densely populated country in Sub-Saharan Africa, gained its independence from Belgium in 1962. It is most widely known as being the site of fierce and bloody warfare between its two main ethnic groups: the Hutus and the Tutsis. Years of ethnic warfare have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and only recently has there been a lessening of the bloodshed. However, with democratically elected leaders replacing military dictators and peace becoming more prevalent than war, the future is looking bright for Burundi. The third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Burundi is an important reference made all the more so by the extreme lack of information available on the country. Informing not only about the present and the recent past, the book presents the country's early history as well, which serves to reveal the sources of conflict. This is accomplished through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, appendixes, a bibliography, and several hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on history, politics, economy, society and culture.
Ellen K. Eggers teaches linguistics and English at California State University, Chico. She lived and worked in Burundi from 1985-1986 on a Fulbright grant, teaching at the University of Burundi and collecting Kirundi data for a linguistics project.
Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Reader's Note Part 5 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 6 Map Part 7 Chronology Part 8 Introduction Part 9 THE DICTIONARY Part 10 Appendixes Chapter 11 A Kings (Bami) of Burundi Chapter 12 B Postcolonial Prime Ministers Chapter 13 C Postcolonial Presidents Part 14 Bibliography Part 15 About the Author