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Two Kingdoms Of Uganda

Snakes and ladders in the Scramble for Africa

By Cedric Pulford

ISBN 9780956722201

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Henry Morton Stanley’s 1875 appeal for missionaries to go into what is now Uganda set off dramatic encounters between the British and the advanced African kingdoms they found there.

Buganda co-operated, Bunyoro resisted – with consequences that remain to the present day.

Two Kingdoms of Uganda tells the story in a way that will appeal to African specialists and general readers alike.

It draws together Cedric Pulford’s two previous books about Uganda, with significant new material.

After Oxford University, the author has spent much of his professional life travelling and working in Africa as a journalist and lecturer. He has MA degrees in political subjects, from Oxford University, and from Case Western Reserve University where he did research into East African business elites. 

SYNOPSIS. The colonial conquest of Uganda in the 19th century, with the differing experience of the two main traditional kingdoms (Buganda and Bunyoro) from then until independence in 1962. The role of Christian missionaries is examined. Using a wide range of contemporary and modern sources, the book focuses on four key protagonists: the mukama (king) of Bunyoro, Kabalega; the explorer Henry Stanley; the missionary Alexander Mackay and the soldier/administrator Frederick Lugard. Chapters on two other African traditional kingdoms – Barotseland (now part of Zambia) and Asante (now part of Ghana) – add a comparative perspective.

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