Landed Obligation: The Practice of Power in Buganda / Edition 1

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Focusing on love's importance to power, Hanson suggests new interpretations of the history of Buganda.
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Editorial Reviews

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“[H]anson's book frames provocative questions in multiple ways, and it provides a rounded picture of a complex history up to pretty recent times--competently, lucidly, and without showing off.”–International Journal of African Historical Studies

“Through her innovative reading of sources and her focus on the association between love and power, Holly Hansen has produced a strikingly original interpretation of Buganda's history. Insightful and provocative, the book provides a new perspective on the East African past and a path-breaking model for future historians.”–Iris Berger Professor of History State University of New York-Albany

“In this carefully researched and gracefully written account, Hanson fundamentally questions a number of received truths of Buganda history.”–Thomas Spear Professor of History University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325070360
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 11/20/2003
  • Series: Social History of Africa Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Elisabeth Hanson is Assistant Professor, Department of History, Mt. Holyoke College.
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Table of Contents



A Note on Language

A Dynastic Chronology of the Buganda Kingdom

A Timeline for Buganda and Uganda


Creating Relationships with Gifts of Land: Lineages, Chiefs, and Royals Interact to Make the State, ca. 900-ca. 1700

Kabakas Struggle to Hold the center: The Destabilizing Consequences of Stolen People and Unobligated Power, ca. 1500-ca. 1800

Chiefship in the Dissolution and Restoration of Civil Order, 1857-1899 When the Miles Came: Asserting Sovereignty with Land

The Erosion of Reciprocal Obligation, 1906-1920

The Order of Miles on Trial


Afterword: What Happened to Mailo Land?


Selected Bibliography


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