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Uganda : Tarnished Pearl Of Africa - Thomas P. Ofcansky


Tarnished Pearl Of Africa

Paperback Published: 19th December 1996
ISBN: 9780813337241
Number Of Pages: 224

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Uganda, a landlocked nation in East Africa, was known during colonial times as the "Pearl of Africa," largely because of its pleasant climate and rich land. For most of the postindependence period, however, Uganda was one of the most brutal and violent nations in Africa. In 1986, a new government seized power, promising to restore internal stability and economic prosperity. Since then, Uganda has gradually become a model for other African states struggling to improve the lives of their citizens.In this broad survey, Thomas P. Ofcansky examines the political, economic, and social themes that have shaped Ugandan history. He inspects the impact of British colonial rule, investigates the emergence of the independence movement after World War II, and analyzes the factors that contributed to the collapse and decay of Ugandan society after Idi Amin's seizure of power in 1971. The author then explores the successes, failures, and prospects of Uganda's current government. In his conclusion, Ofcansky considers the difficulties facing a nation divided by ethnic, religious, and regional cleavages and argues that Ugandan leaders must work to establish a society in which all Ugandans benefit or face the possibility of a return to anarchy.

Prefacep. xiii
Acronymsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Physical Settingp. 3
Historyp. 13
Government and Politics, 1962-1994p. 39
Society and Culturep. 69
The Economyp. 93
Independence and New Foreign Policy Directionsp. 125
The Ugandan Experience After Three Decadesp. 153
Notesp. 159
Bibliographyp. 181
About the Book and Authorp. 189
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780813337241
ISBN-10: 0813337240
Series: Nations of the Modern World: Africa
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 19th December 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1