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Title:Nazione, nazionalisti, decolonizzazione in Burundi 1958-1963
Author:Carbone, CarloISNI
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Geographic term:Burundi
Abstract:This article examines the decolonization process in Burundi during the years 1958-1963. It first reviews the structure of Burundi's precolonial political system, the monarchy, and its modifications during the colonial period. Then it discusses the forces involved in the anticolonial struggle and the readjustment of political power among the three elements of Burundian politics at the time: the royal (Ganwa-Tutsi) princes, the common Tutsi, and the Hutu, the last to arrive on the political scene. The article pays special attention to the role of Prince Rwagasore in the independence struggle and his assassination in 1961. Finally, the article analyses the transition to independence, on July 1, 1961, the development of interethnic relations in the first years of independence, and the role of Western powers, especially the former colonial power, Belgium, and the United States, in postindependence developments. Notes, ref., sum. in English and French, text in Italian.