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Political Power in Pre-Colonial Buganda: Economy, Society, and Warfare in the Nineteenth Century
by Richard J. Reid and Richard Reid
Ohio University Press, 2000
Paper: 978-0-8214-1478-1 | Cloth: 978-0-8214-1477-4
Library of Congress Classification JQ2951.A99B847 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 967.61


Blessed with fertile and well-watered soil, East Africa’s kingdom of Buganda supported a relatively dense population and became a major regional power by the mid-nineteenth century. This complex and fascinating state has also long been in need of a thorough study that cuts through the image of autocracy and military might.

Political Power in Pre-Colonial Buganda explores the material basis of Ganda political power, gives us a new understanding of what Ganda power meant in real terms, and relates the story of how the kingdom used the resources at its disposal to meet the challenges that confronted it. Reid further explains how these same challenges ultimately limited Buganda’s dominance of the East African great lakes region.

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