Uganda

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Once a land rich in natural resources, Uganda is today bankrupt, its young, educated people decimated by AIDS, and the countryside wracked by famine and civil war. Here is the story of this tragic country from its early history to the achievement of independence and the terrible legacy of Idi Amin.

Discusses the history, culture, and people of Uganda.

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Overview

Once a land rich in natural resources, Uganda is today bankrupt, its young, educated people decimated by AIDS, and the countryside wracked by famine and civil war. Here is the story of this tragic country from its early history to the achievement of independence and the terrible legacy of Idi Amin.

Discusses the history, culture, and people of Uganda.

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Gr 6 Up-- A sympathetic yet unsparing history of a troubled land. The book opens on a somber note, explaining that despite a favorable climate and agricultural riches, disease and warfare have plagued Uganda from its earliest days. Chapter one describes the geographical characteristics that earned it the nickname ``pearl of Africa.'' Next Hanmer looks at tribal and religious differences; deeply rooted in Uganda's past, these remain divisive even today. Successive chapters examine the colonial period, the years as a British protectorate, Uganda's emergence as a modern economy and independent nation, the brutal reign of Idi Amin, and the political instability since his exile in 1979. The book concludes in 1987 with Museveni in power. Hanmer maintains a balanced perspective. She suggests the complexity of Uganda's situation; its problems are long standing, resistant to easy answers. At times, however, her account contains too much specific detail for what remains an overview. The pages teem with proper names; the narrative crisscrosses and backtracks with such speed that readers are left breathless and sometimes confused. Also, one wonders about the audience for a history rather than the usual history plus social life and customs approach (see Creed's Uganda Chelsea House, 1988). The illustrations, which include black-and-white photographs, period drawings, and newspaper cartoons, add considerably to the book's merit. --Ellen D. Warwick, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780531108161
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/1989
  • Series: Venture Bks.
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 years

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