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Ethnicity and nationhood in Precolonial Africa: the case of Buganda

Green, Elliott D. ORCID: 0000-0002-0942-5756 (2010) Ethnicity and nationhood in Precolonial Africa: the case of Buganda. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 16 (1). pp. 1-21. ISSN 1353-7113

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13537110903583310


While recent historical scholarship has attempted to read back the existence of nations into medieval Europe, a similar revisionism has yet to take place amongst scholars of Africa. Here I take up the case of Buganda, a precolonial kingdom on the northern edge of Lake Victoria in what is now central Uganda. I show that Buganda in the mid-19th century fits various definitions of both ethnic groups and nations, while its neighbors largely do not. Thus the Bugandan case both demonstrates further evidence for the existence of premodern nations and illuminates the great variety of precolonial identities present in Africa.

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Additional Information: © 2010 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2010 16:14
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:04

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