Elite African Political Craft in Buganda: The Kabula Generation, 1888-1927.
Abstract: This master's thesis explores how a small group of African political
elites played an outsize role in Buganda's political and economic life between 1888 and
1927, and simultaneously questions common assumptions about the importance of British
colonial officials as historical actors. It addresses certain key developments, including
the introduction of freehold "mailo" tenure, the Ugan... read moreda Agreement of 1900, the rise of a
cotton economy, and the institutional development of the Lukiiko "native" parliament. In
each case, the guiding hand behind these developments was a particular group of elite
Africans chiefs, led by Buganda's long-serving Prime Minister Apolo Kagwa, rather than
colonial administrators. This thesis concludes by arguing that this period in Buganda is
best viewed not as "early colonialism," but as a distinct political era of African origin
which was guided by political principles espoused by these elite African politicians who
ruled Buganda for thirty-seven consecutive years.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of History.
Advisor: Jeanne Penvenne.
Committee: Elizabeth Foster, and Peter Probst.
Keywords: African history, African studies, and History.read less