“An impressive study, asking important questions and marshalling a wealth of evidence and original argument to provide bold answers.”

CHOICE

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.


Richard Reid is a lecturer in African and Imperial History at the University of Durham.

Order a print copy

Paperback · $26.36 · Add to Cart

Retail price: $32.95 · Save 20% ($26.36)

Hardcover · $47.96 · Add to Cart

Retail price: $59.95 · Save 20% ($47.96)

Cover of 'Political Power in Pre-Colonial Buganda'

Requests

In Series

Eastern African Studies

Related Subjects

African Studies · African History · History · Violence in Society · Military History · Africa · Uganda · Eastern Africa

Editions

Paperback

978-0-8214-1478-1
Retail price: $32.95, S.
Release date: Jan. 2003
288 pages
Rights: World (exclusive in Americas, and Philippines) except British Commonwealth, Continental Europe, and United Kingdom

Hardcover

978-0-8214-1477-4
Retail price: $59.95, S.
Release date: Jan. 2003
288 pages · 5¼ × 8½ in.
Rights: World (exclusive in Americas, and Philippines) except British Commonwealth, Continental Europe, and United Kingdom

Related Titles

Cover of 'War in Pre-Colonial Eastern Africa'
Cover of 'Crisis & Decline in Bunyoro'
Cover of 'Leaf of Allah'