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Politics and the Military in Uganda, 1890-1985 : St Antony's Series - Amii Omara-Otunnu

Politics and the Military in Uganda, 1890-1985

St Antony's Series

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How was the military dictatorship of Idi Amin possible? Was it inevitable? The author seeks the answers to these questions in the political and military history of Uganda from colonial times. He analyses evidence not previously published to show that ethnic and linguistic groupings have been manipulated within the army for particular political interests throughout the army's history; Amin carried such manipulation to extreme. An important new concept is introduced, the 'familiarity syndrome', to explain the difference in attitude of the troops towards their officers between the colonial and post-colonial periods, demonstrating that this change facilitated Amin's military coup in independent Uganda. The author also suggests that colonial principles for the deployment of troops favoured the rise of Amin and his like within the ranks. Finally, the author considers the regimes which have followed Amin's dictatorship in Uganda, exploring the political role of the army after it has taken power. This case study of Uganda contains valuable insights into civil-military relations elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa.

List of Tables - List of Figures - Foreword by William Gutteridge - Acknowledgements - List of Abbreviations - Map: Uganda, Showing International, Regional and District Boundaries - Calendar of Important Events in Uganda's Military History - Introduction - The Role of the Military in the Establishment of Colonial Rule in Uganda (1890-1900) - The Expanding Horizon of the Military (1900-62) - From Obedience to Mutiny (1962-1964) - The Impact of the Mutiny and the Struggle for Political Supremacy (1964-6) - Consolidation of Cleavages and Polarisation in the Army (1967-1970) - Amin's Coup: the Military Takes Over (1971) - 1971: Amin's Policy and Tactics for Survival - Amin's Change of Course (1972) - Amin's Manipulation of the Military (1973-9) - The Disintegration of Amin's Regime (1977-9) - The Post-Military Regimes and the Return to Civilian Rule (1979-80) - Uganda's Second Coup: The Reassertion of Military Muscle (1985) - Conclusions - Appendix A: The Eighteen Points Given to Justify Amin's Coup - Appendix B: Uganda Production of Major Crops (1970-82) - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333419809
ISBN-10: 0333419804
Series: St Antony's Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 14th July 1987
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1