Kingship and State: The Buganda Dynasty / Edition 1

Kingship and State: The Buganda Dynasty / Edition 1

by Christopher Wrigley
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521894357
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/16/2002
Series:
African Studies Series, #88
Edition description:
FIRST/REPRINT
Pages:
293
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Notes on language
List of abbreviations
1Preamble1
2The story and its making20
3Introduction to myth43
4Introduction to Buganda57
5The remoter past69
6Genesis79
7The cycle of the kings122
8Fragments of history169
9Foreign affairs192
10The making of the state207
11Reflections230
Notes253
Bibliography275
Index288

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