Kingship and State: The Buganda Dynasty / Edition 1

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The pre-colonial kingdom of Buganda, nucleus of the present state of Uganda, has long attracted scholarly interest. Since written records are lacking entirely before 1862, historians have had to rely on oral traditions that were recorded from the end of the nineteenth century. These sources provide rich materials on Buganda in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but Christopher Wrigley, a senior and highly respected scholar, endeavours to show that the stories that appear to relate to earlier periods are largely mythology. He argues that this does not reduce their value, since they are of interest in their own mythical right, revealing ancient traces of sacred kingship, and also throwing oblique light on the development of the recent state. The author has written an elegant, wide-ranging and original study of one of Africa's most famous kingdoms.
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"...[Wrigley's] book, which is provocative on almost every page, rightly challenges historians and anthropologists to move beyond mundane temporal issues to consider how Africans dealt with the deepest questions of moral and political philosophy." American Historical Review

"In addition to its analytic brilliance, Wrigley's study is a compendium of wonderful stories that deal with both kings and kingship, with both people and humanity. In short, this book shows why states never cease to fascinate..." Choice

"Kingship and State is a highly readable and engrossing history; it is also an outstanding exemplar of data from different disciplines woven together. It is essential reading for those interested in African History, and it is going to remain so for a long time." Christopher Ehret, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Christopher Wrigley's brilliantly original and provocative work of research and synthesis may inspire renewed attention by other scholars to major issues of precolonial lake region history at a time when archaeology is revealing much new information." John A. Rowe, International Journal of African Historical Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521894357
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2002
  • Series: African Studies Series, #88
  • Edition description: FIRST/REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 293
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on language
List of abbreviations
1 Preamble 1
2 The story and its making 20
3 Introduction to myth 43
4 Introduction to Buganda 57
5 The remoter past 69
6 Genesis 79
7 The cycle of the kings 122
8 Fragments of history 169
9 Foreign affairs 192
10 The making of the state 207
11 Reflections 230
Notes 253
Bibliography 275
Index 288
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